Alleged Fredericton gunman tweeted about death of Moncton Mounties
Karissa Donkin, Shane Fowler · CBC News · Posted: Aug 17, 2018 6:00 AM AT
The man accused of murdering four people in Fredericton, including two police officers, tweeted often about first-person shooter video games and, four years ago, about the deaths of three Moncton Mounties during that city’s shocking shootings.
Matthew Vincent Raymond was active on Twitter for about four years using the username “ColtC8,” also the name of a powerful, military-grade carbine.
Details about the life of the 48-year-old Fredericton man have been slow to emerge, partly because he had no obvious social media or online presence.
But social media and gaming accounts he created under various aliases offer insights into the online presence of a man accused of one of the highest-profile crimes in the city’s history.
Two days after Justin Bourque shot and killed three RCMP officers on June 4, 2014, in Moncton, N.B., Raymond tweeted his agreement with a user who said the shooter’s name should not be trending on Twitter.
“Yes. The slain constables and the injured ones should be for front [sic] to all this madness,” Raymond wrote.
He also criticized people who were tweeting the position of police officers during the hunt for Bourque.
“People wake up & shut up,” Raymond wrote.
“Your comments could get someone killed.”
He described the events as a “sad couple days.”
Raymond’s last tweet, directed at a website that reviews tactical gear, asked where he could get batons.
“Seems like they are hard to find in Canada,” Raymond wrote in March 2017.
“Batons are hard to find for civilians,” the tactical website responded.
Friendly and ‘odd’
Raymond faces first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Fredericton police constables Robb Costello, 45, and Sara Burns, 43. He’s also accused of shooting and killing Donnie Robichaud, 42, and Robichaud’s girlfriend, Bobbie Lee Wright, 32.
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