A thorough investigation by the New Brunswick RCMP has determined that a reported shooting near Centennial Park in Moncton on May 13, 2021 did not occur as described to police. A 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the initial report.
On May 13, around 8:30 a.m., Codiac Regional RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle struck by bullets near Millennium Boulevard and Killam Drive in Moncton. Police contained the area and issued an Alert Ready message. An exhaustive search of the area was conducted without the discovery of any evidence to warrant keeping the area contained. The Alert was lifted shortly after 6 p.m.
"We operate on the information we have at the time. 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," says Cpl. Hans Ouellette of the New Brunswick RCMP. "When no evidence was discovered in the park, we began to widen our investigation."
Through subsequent investigation, police were able to determine that no shooting occurred near Centennial Park at the time given in the initial report.
On May 20, 2021, a 36-year-old Shediac Cape man was arrested in connection with the incident. He was released from custody pending an appearance on August 11, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in Moncton Provincial Court.
"We know people have many questions still – as have we – but that is information that will have to come out through the court process," says Cpl. Ouellette.
"Public safety is our top priority. We do not issue Alert Ready messages or contain areas lightly, but we will err on the side of caution to ensure people are safe. Thank you again to the people of Moncton for their cooperation and assistance during this police operation."
The investigation is continuing.