Police arrest suspect in 3 CBS shootings


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.

An RNC emergency alert reads Active Criminal Threat - Gunman at Large Following Three CBS City Shootings.  The suspect, Matthew Jeremy FOWLER, 31, was 6ft 5in tall, weighed 200lbs and had tattoos around his neck.  FOWLER has dark hair and brown eyes.  FOWLER is believed to be traveling in a black Subaru Legacy JFH 710.  The NC advises the community to shelter in place (stay in your residence, work or indoors), with secure entrances, while police search for the suspect.  Updates will be provided through RNC's social media platforms and local media.
This is the emergency alert from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, sent at 1:39 p.m. NT Thursday. (Matt McCann/CBC)

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.

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.

A police vehicle is parked in front of a police tape and trash can, outside a white house.
An RNC cruiser is parked at the scene of a shooting on Uplands Road in the Chamberlains district of CBS (Terry Roberts/CBC)

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