Suspect arrested after three shootings Thursday in Newfoundland

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Suspect arrested ;summer after three shootings Thursday in Newfoundland

Two people were injured and are in hospital.

The suspect's car was wedged between two unmarked Royal Newfoundland Constabulary vehicles on Thursday afternoon in Paradise.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said it arrested a wanted man in connection with three shootings in the Conception Bay South area on Thursday.

Three people were reportedly injured. At least two have been hospitalized.

The suspect who was arrested in the afternoon is Matthew Fowler, 31, of Conception Bay South.

In an afternoon statement, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary gave a timeline of events. Police say they received a first report at 10:25 a.m. of a person injured by gunshot wounds at a residence on Uplands Road, in the Chamberlains area of ​​Conception Bay South.

When they arrived at the scene, the police learned that a suspect had fled. A man with serious injuries was taken to hospital.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers stand by a damaged police vehicle after an emergency alert was triggered for an active shooter threat in Paradise.

At 11:10 a.m., police were notified that a man had presented to St. Clare's Hospital with injuries from a gunshot wound.

Police determined the injuries were inflicted during an incident in the Greeleytown Road area of ​​the Foxtrap area of ​​Conception Bay South.

Finally, at around 1 p.m., police received a report of gunshots on Peachytown Road, Conception Bay South. When they arrived, an alleged victim had already left the scene to go to the hospital for treatment.

The constabulary was looking for a suspect who was traveling in a black Subaru Legacy.

Matthew Fowler was located on St. Thomas Line in the community of Paradise, about 10 miles northeast of where the latest incident occurred.

This Royal Newfoundland Constabulary patrol car was damaged during Thursday's manhunt.

The constabulary did not say when or how they arrested the suspect. At 2:26 p.m. NL time, she said in a Twitter post that one person was in custody and there was no further risk to the public.


According to witnesses, the police deployed carpets of nails on the road. The suspect reportedly drove over it, had a collision with at least one constabulary force vehicle, before being stuck between two other unmarked police vehicles.

Earlier in the day, police said they believed the attacks were targeted.

Before an arrest was made, a manhunt led to widespread closures, especially in schools.

Police had asked residents to take shelter in the northeast Avalon Peninsula.

With information from CBC

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