The only thing former Corner Brook resident Kathy Elliott was concerned about when she returned to her home in Moncton, N.B., Wednesday evening was that she had missed her favourite television show, “Coronation Street.”
However, it wasn’t long after that the reality of the drama on her own street had become evident.
Elliott, who moved to Moncton from Corner Brook three years ago, lives on Ryan Street, in the middle of the lockdown zone established by the RCMP after three of its officers were killed and two more wounded by suspected gunman Justin Bourque Wednesday evening.
In an interview with The Western Star Thursday morning, Elliott said she had driven past the area where the gunshots had been fired and all was quiet just after 7 p.m. Wednesday.
She got a call from her daughter, Amy, about half an hour after she arrived home, warning Elliot to not go outside and to draw her curtains.
Elliott did so and then turned to the Internet and television for news updates. She was horrified to see images of the police set up near the fire station on Hildegard Street that had been quiet when she had passed it not long before, and to hear gunshots bing fired on the video.
“I just came down Hildegard about half an hour (previously). ... Within the next couple of hours, everything just broke loose about this madman with a gun and pictures of him in camouflage,” Elliott said of the initial stages of the situation.
It was a long night and the fear hardly subsided with the arrival of morning and the latest news update that Bourque was still on the loose and reportedly had been seen three times Thursday morning. One of those sightings was just up the street from Elliott’s home.
Elliott was also concerned for her daughter and her family, who live across the street and whose property backs onto a field and wooded area.
All they could do during the ordeal was abide by what the police were advising everyone in the neighbourhood to do, Elliott said.
“The scary thing about it is he’s not in hiding,” she said. “If he’s that bold to be out and about in the daytime, then he’s still very volatile.”
Elliott said she hoped nobody else gets hurt, and expressed sorrow for the families of the police officers killed and for the family of the gunman, too.
“God willing, they get him soon,” she said.
Meanwhile, the City of Corner Brook issued a statement that flags at all city-owned buildings will be lowered to half-mast in memory of the three RCMP officers who lost their lives and out of respect for the two police officers who were wounded.
The Western Star