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Ian Willms

Editor's note: This story was originally published in June, 2015.

The first call to 911 was clocked at 7:18 p.m. on a sunny June evening. A stone-faced young man was marching through a Moncton trailer park carrying two long-guns. Over the next hour, much of north Moncton would become a mass-murder scene and the gunman would remain at large. It was only the beginning of nearly 30 hours of sheer terror and tragedy in the resilient little city on the Petitcodiac River.


In these haunting images, photographer Ian Willms retraces a killer’s steps, where Justin Bourque shot and killed RCMP Const. Fabrice Gevaudan, 45, Const. Douglas Larche, 40, and Const. Dave Ross, 32, and forever changed a community.

Bromfield Crescent at Mailhot Avenue in Moncton. Justin Bourque shot five RCMP officers in this neighbourhood.

Justin Bourque purchased his rifle at Better Buy Sports, legally, using a valid firearm acquisition license. He also claimed in his video confession to have purchased his ammunition at the store before shooting five RCMP officers.

Craig McCarthy and Margaret Keller in the trailer that they rent on Pioneer Avenue. Bourque lived across the street from McCarthy and Keller before shooting five RCMP officers in a nearby neighbourhood.

An RCMP vehicle leaves the detachment in downtown Moncton.

Rain falls along a pathway between Pioneer Avenue and Mailhot Avenue. Bourque reportedly walked this pathway on his way to the shooting scene.

Mary Soucoup inside her trailer on Pioneer Avenue. Bourque lived across the street from Soucoup before the shooting.

13 Pioneer Avenue where Justin Bourque lived up until the time he shot five RCMP officers in a nearby neighbourhood.

Ammunition for sale at Better Buy Sports in Moncton where Bourque purchased his rifle.

Local teens hang out at the edge of a pathway that runs between Pioneer Avenue and Mailhot Avenue where Bourque reportedly walked on his way to shooting five RCMP officers.

Police tape sections off a scene where electricity wires had fallen, a stark reminder to residents of the killer's rampage months earlier.

The wooded area near Mailhot Avenue where Justin Bourque hid after his killing spree.

Camouflage garments for sale at Better Buy Sports where Bourque purchased his rifle, legally, using a valid firearm acquisition license.

Margaret Keller outside the trailer that she rents on Pioneer Avenue across the street from where Bourque lived before the shooting.

A backyard in the neighborhood where the shootings took place.

Garry Noel stands at Mailhot Avenue and Isington Street where he watched Justin Bourque kill RCMP Const. Douglas Larche.

Moncton-based photographer Daniel St. Louis in his studio. St. Louis arrived in the neighbourhood of Mailhot Avenue shortly after the shootings.

The wooded area where Justin Bourque was captured.

Inside Better Buy Sports where Bourque claimed in his video confession to have purchased his ammunition before shooting five RCMP officers.

A target at a local shooting range where Bourque was known to fire his rifles.

Spent ammunition casings at a local shooting range.

Justin Bourque's father, Victor Bourque arrives at the Moncton courthouse for his son's sentencing hearing.

Willshire Way at Mailhot Avenue in the neighbourhood where Bourque's victims were shot.