Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the shooting deaths of three RCMP officers in Moncton, New Brunswick and injuries sustained by two other Mounties are stark reminders of those who risk their lives for Canadians every day.
Justin Bourque, 24, has been identified by police as the suspected shooter. He remains at-large and is considered armed and dangerous.
Harper, currently in Brussels for the G7 summit, released a statement Wednesday night offering his condolences and wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured officers.
"This violent incident is a stark reminder that our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line in Canada every day to protect our citizens and communities," he said in the statement.
The prime minister called this a "sad time" for the people of Moncton, New Brunswick and Canada.
Laureen & I offer our deepest condolences to the all those affected by the terrible tragedy in Moncton. Read more: http://t.co/4bUFAF4Uyb— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) June 5, 2014
On Thursday, Harper told reporters the violent incident reminds Canadians that "our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect us as Canadians."
My thoughts and sincerest condolences to everybody affected by the shooting in Moncton. #prayformoncton— Thomas Mulcair (@ThomasMulcair) June 5, 2014
Thoughts and prayers are with #Moncton right now. To the brave women and men who risk their lives to keep us safe: thank you.— Justin Trudeau, MP (@JustinTrudeau) June 5, 2014
Trudeau also released a statement expressing gratitude to law enforcement officials.
"Today, we grieve the loss of your fellow officers with you, and we unequivocally condemn this senseless act of violence," he said in the statement.
NDP MP Jack Harris, who was apparently in Moncton at the time of the shooting, expressed shock Wednesday night.
Here in Moncton - in shock over death of 3 RCMP Officers. Still very tense as @RCMPNB track shooter. Condolences to families of brave RCMP— Jack Harris (@JackHarrisNDP) June 5, 2014
Conservative MP Ryan Leef, a former RCMP officer in Yukon, said online that he hoped the search for the suspect ends safely.
Thoughts and prayers are with all the men and women of the RCMP tonight during this difficult time. #senseless— Ryan Leef (@ryanleefmp) June 5, 2014
Hoping search for shooting suspect ends safetly and quickly for RCMP and the community in Moncton NB.— Ryan Leef (@ryanleefmp) June 5, 2014
Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, a former Toronto police chief and former commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, also lauded those who died serving their country.
Thoughts & prayers are with the family & friends of the RCMP officers who died serving their country. To the RCMP still in action, be safe.— Julian Fantino (@JulianFantino) June 5, 2014
MPs of all stripes took to Twitter to share condolences , with many using the hashtag #PrayForMoncton.