Four Killed In Canada Shooting

Brookside Drive is the scene of an ongoing incident. Pic Google Street View

At least 4 people have died in a shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on Friday morning.

The shooting occurred in the Brookside Drive area of the city of about 60,000 people, police said.

Police said the area would be blocked off for the foreseeable future as "the investigation is ongoing".

Fredericton police are asking residents to avoid the area and stay in their homes.

A local TV reporter said he had heard four gunshots just after 07:00 (11:00 GMT).

Police officers and paramedics work at the scene of a fatal shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Residents of the Brookside neighborhood of Fredericton, New Brunswick reported waking to the sounds of multiple gunshots.

Former RCMP Superintendent Garry Clement knows all too well what the Fredericton Police Force is dealing with.

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He heard similar sounds about five minutes later, near his home, he said.

Gun laws are more stringent in Canada than in the U.S., but the number of shootings has nonetheless risen in recent years.

"This sort of thing never happens here", Hill said.

"We had to lock all the main doors, and we did put them in a room that had no windows and we shut off the lights", she said.

Henwood said people are sitting in their cars or just standing near the blockade of police and fire vehicles "hanging tight and waiting for word" on what comes next.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sorrow at the gun violence.

Toronto, Canada's largest city, has had 241 shooting incidents this year, resulting in 30 deaths, a 30 per cent increase in fatalities.

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