Report that led to police alert and lockdown in Moncton last week was false: RCMP

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MONCTON, N.B. — New Brunswick RCMP say a man is facing unspecified charges after investigators determined a reported shooting in Moncton last week did not occur as described to police.

After receiving a report that shots had been fired at a vehicle, the Mounties issued an Alert Ready message early on May 13, telling people in the Centennial Park area to lock their doors and stay inside.

The RCMP issued a statement at 10:17 a.m. that day, saying they "were able to confirm enough credible information to share with the public" about shots being fired near Millennium Boulevard and Killam Drive.

The lockdown was lifted at 6 p.m. after a search failed to find any evidence of a shooting — and a subsequent investigation has determined that no shooting occurred.

On Friday, Codiac Regional RCMP issued a statement saying a 36-year-old man from Shediac Cape, N.B., had been arrested and was later released from custody, pending a court appearance on Aug. 11 in Moncton provincial court.

"We operate on the information we have at the time," RCMP Cpl. Hans Ouellet said in a statement.

"Given the seriousness of the report, the RCMP acted in the best interests of public safety by containing the area and issuing an Alert Ready message .... We know people have many questions still — as have we — but that is information that will have to come out through the court process."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 21, 2021.

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