"Surreal feeling" as Lockeport woman watched former neighbourhood during lockdown

Amy Woolvett
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RCMP thought for a time the suspect responsible for killing three officers and injuring two more Wednesday evening was in a building near the corner of Killam Drive and Mountain Road in Moncton Thursday afternoon.

It was a surreal feeling for Lockeport resident, Brittenay Bell to watch the neighbourhood she grew up in filling up the television and computer screens with what looked like a war zone during the now ended manhunt in Moncton.

Bell grew up in the neighbourhood that was under lockdown after a shooter killed three police officers and injured two others Wednesday night.

She first heard about what was happening even before news crews had caught wind as her news feed by friends began posting about the shooter on a social media site.

“I remember one of my first thoughts was that sort of thing doesn’t happen here,” said Bell.  “It’s a safe place.”

She said the neighbourhood was a place you didn’t have to worry about; her mother was confident to let her walk to and from school from age 9 and described it as a quiet residential neighbourhood.

“There was never any worry about anything bad happening,” she said.

As Bell watched the coverage, recognizable scenes flitted across the screen.

“There was news coverage…police surrounded a rooming house and they were standing under the Lily’s Chinese Buffet sign and I remember I used to beg my mom to go there all the time,” she said.  “Seeing it so close to what was going on was pretty eerie.”

After hearing the news Bell contacted close friends only to find they were in lockdown.

She said they were scared but safe.

Like so many, Bell’s shaking her head at the horribleness of the situation.

“This sort of thing doesn't happen in Atlantic Canada,” she said.  “All it took was one man to shatter that sense of safety & security."



Geographic location: Moncton, Lockeport, Atlantic Canada

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  • bonnie williams lloyd
    June 06, 2014 - 05:15

    I certainly understand brittany's fear and heartache. Moncton was my "playground" for years as I have family there and spent summers & school vacations there. I lived there for two years after graduating high school. I could walk any street, anytime of the day, and feel safe. My daughter spent five weeks in Moncton last summer taking classes at the university and I never worried about her.... Moncton is the safest city in Canada, known for showing locals and visitors a good time. There are many people from the Lockeport area who have lived in Moncton, or who still have family in Moncton, that have been touched by this. I had a cousin in the lockdown area and actually seen the shooter cross her lawn. I, too, have memories of the streets and businesses, etc,. calm, sunny days, and blistering snowstorms. When one can visualize the areas talked about on the news because you walked the streets, ate in the resturants, took in the sights, it is a whole new meaning versus watching the news and not having any understanding of the area. While I certainly understand Brittany's heartache, there are many people in this area touched by this diabolical event, and my heart goes to each one directly affected by this......... Remember six degrees of separation......it touches us ALL in some way.....