The Royal Newfoundland Mounted Police said they arrested a wanted man in connection with three shootings in the Conception Bay South area on Thursday.
The hunt for 31-year-old Matthew Fowler lasted only a few hours and closed schools and other facilities across the northeast Avalon Peninsula.
Fowler’s arrest, tweeted by the RNC at 2.26pm, came shortly after police issued an emergency alert asking people to shelter in place while they search for a gunman.
Police said at least two people were seriously injured in the three shootings – one on Uplands Road in the Chamberlains area of the city, the other about seven kilometers away on Greeleytown Road in the Foxtrap area.
Police initially said two people were injured in separate shootings. In its emergency alert, the RNC said there were three shots, but did not say where the third shot was or whether anyone was injured.
They said they believed the shots were targeted.
Fowler’s arrest was followed by a wave of reopenings across the region.
District staff are now advising all schools in Northeast Avalon that @RNC_PoliceNL informed that safe school protocols may be LIFTED.
Families should note that schools will close at their usual times, but there may be delays.
We appreciate your continued cooperation. https://t.co/qfRGDR6tSw
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, which had placed all schools in northeast Avalon in safe mode, tweeted at 2:21 p.m. that police had informed them they could reopen schools.
“Families should note that schools will close at their regular times, but there may be delays,” the council said in the tweet.
Among others, St. John’s and Paradise have both reopened their facilities and Metrobus has canceled plans to pull its buses off the road early.
The two men injured in the shooting are hospitalized.