Suspect in Fredericton shooting faces charges

A 37-year-old man arrested in connection with an early morning shooting in a Fredericton neighbourhood is expected to face charges on Wednesday, say police.

A 40-year-old woman was taken to Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital shortly after 2:05 a.m. after she was shot in a home in the Lincoln Heights area.

The woman, who suffered a single gunshot wound, is out of surgery and recovering in intensive care, but there is still no word on her condition.

The male suspect was taken into custody without incident in Beaver Dam, about 16 kilometres from the shooting scene, at about 4 p.m., CBC's Catherine Harrop reports.

He surrendered to RCMP outside the home on Route 101, where he had barricaded himself for most of the day, she said.

The victim and the suspect are both known to police, but the police say there was no history of violence.

The man, who is in Fredericton Police custody, is scheduled to appear in provincial court on Wednesday afternoon, said Cpl. Chantal Farrah.

More information is expected to be released at a news conference, scheduled for Wednesday morning, she said.

Police received a call of shots fired in the Lincoln Heights area at about 2:05 a.m., said Farrah.

"A second call was subsequently received requesting assistance for someone who had been shot," she said in a news release.

Fredericton police requested the assistance of the RCMP in locating the suspect. His vehicle was located at a private residence in Beaver Dam, said Farrah.

Members of the RCMP's Emergency Response Team and detectives from the Fredericton Police Force secured the home where the suspect was confirmed to be, she said.

Police roadblocks, which had been set up where Highway 101 intersects with Whittaker Road, O'Leary Road, Tessie Court and Route 655, have since been removed, she said.

Police had warned earlier in the day there could be some traffic delays caused by the roadblocks.

On Tuesday afternoon, the police also said they were going to contact the Anglophone West School District to advise parents to pick up their children from school at the end of the day.

Buses would not be running past the roadblocks that have been set up by police, Fredericton Police Sgt. Tim Durling had said.

But Durling said there was no other risk to the public.

“We do not believe there is a risk to the public. We do know the whereabouts of the individual and it is just a matter of us being able to safely remove the person from the residence,” he said on Tuesday morning.

The Lincoln Heights home, where the shooting happened, is being processed by the Fredericton Police, Durling said.

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