Police arrest suspect in 3 C.B.S. shootings


The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary say they’ve arrested a man wanted in connection with three shootings in the Conception Bay South area Thursday.

The hunt for 31-year-old Matthew Fowler lasted just a few hours and led to the closure of schools and other facilities across the northeast Avalon Peninsula.

Fowler’s arrest, tweeted by the RNC at 2:26 p.m. came shortly after police issued an emergency alert telling people to shelter in place while they searched for an armed man.

Police said at least two people were seriously injured in the three shootings — one on Uplands Road in the Chamberlains area of town, the other about seven kilometres away on Greeleytown Road in the Foxtrap neighbourhood.

An emergency alert from the RNC reads Active Criminal Threat - Armed male at large following three shootings in Town of CBS. Suspect, 31 year old Matthew Jeremy FOWLER, described to be 6 feet and 5 inches tall, 200 pounds, with tattoos around the neck. FOWLER has dark hair and brown eyes. FOWLER is believed to be travelling in a black Subaru Legacy JFH 710. The NC is advising the community to shelter in place (remain in your residence, work or indoors), with entrances secured, while police search for the suspect. Updates will be provided through RNC social media platforms and local media.
This is the emergency alert from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, sent at 1:39 p.m. NT on Thursday. (Matt McCann/CBC)

Police initially said there were two people injured in separate shootings. In its emergency alert, the RNC said there were three shootings, but did not say where the third shooting was, or whether anyone was injured in it.

They did say they believe the shootings 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 on the northeast Avalon in secure mode, tweeted at 2:21 p.m. that police had advised them they could reopen the schools.

“Families should note, schools will be dismissing at their usual times, but there may be delays,” said the board in the tweet.

Among others, St. John’s and Paradise both reopened their facilities, and Metrobus cancelled its plan to take its buses off the road early.

Both men injured in the shootings are in hospital.

A police vehicle is parked in front of police tape and a garbage bin, outside of a white home.
An RNC cruiser is parked at the scene of a shooting on Uplands Road in the Chamberlains area of C.B.S. (Terry Roberts/CBC)

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