The New Brunswick RCMP said Sunday evening that a Lincoln man’s death in a shooting that took place in the area that morning is suspicious and will now look into it as a possible homicide.
Members of the Oromocto and Keswick RCMP detachments arrived around 4:10 a.m. for a “roadside firearm-related incident” that occurred near the 2300 block on Route 102 in Lincoln, N.B., about 15 minutes from Fredericton.
Officers found an injured 27-year-old man who sustained a gunshot wound.
Paramedics with Ambulance New Brunswick took the man to a nearby hospital so he could receive treatment for “serious, life-threatening injuries.”
Police say he has since died as a result of those injuries.
“We believe this to be suspicious in nature, and his death is now being investigated as a homicide,” said New Brunswick RCMP Cpl. Dan Sharpe in a statement.
“This is also believed this to be an isolated incident.”
Residents took to social media late on Sunday morning to post about roadblocks from a police presence around Scott’s Nursery, but a connection between the two incidents remains unclear.
Mounties say they did not send out an Alert Ready message as the incident did not meet the criteria to issue one, noting they are always ready to issue such alerts “should there be a need or if there is an immediate risk to public safety.”
It is unknown if police made any arrests, but ask anyone who witnessed the shooting, has information about it or captured video footage between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday to contact the Major Crime Unit at 1-888-506-RCMP (7267).
The public can also submit anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers’ website or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).