The Commanding Officer of the New Brunswick RCMP says they were ready to use the “Alert Ready” system from the very beginning of the Riverview shooting incident on Tuesday. Larry Tremblay says “we shared information we knew could keep people safe once we could confirm it was credible and accurate.”

The RCMP sent out alerts to mobile phones late evening on Tuesday and early Wednesday morning about the suspect having firearms and an intent to use them. Tremblay says the areas receiving the messages were strategically chosen based on information they had at the time. He says there will be a review of the incident to “ensure we are establishing and building on best practices.”

A 35-year old teacher at Riverview High was shot outside the school around supper time Tuesday. A manhunt was launched for a 24-year old suspect who was considered armed and dangerous. He was arrested late Wednesday morning in Amherst – Nova Scotia and is facing charges.