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#31 canucklax

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:34 PM

Back on topic though, it was bound to happen eventually at one of the crossings going either way. There is nothing really that can be done to prevent an incident like this from happening, tightening the border even more would be a nightmare and hiring more CBSA officers is out of the question per the Federal budget. It's not like it would be needed anyways as this is something that hopefully only occurs once and a while.

Hope the border guard will survive through this and hopefully the border reopens soon. You think if this was southbound the Americans would beef up the border even more though?


Speaking as an american, the answer is unfortunately yes, or at least a public outcry to do so

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:38 PM

RCMP:

Lone man shot an officer in her booth at the Peace Arch crossing, he then shot himself.

Don't know the motive for the shooting. Working with CBSA to figure out what led up to shooting.

The Peace Arch will be closed for the next few hours. Please use alternative routes

The officer was airlifted to hospital. She was breathing at the time. Unclear exactly where she was shot.

The shooter was entering Canada. His vehicle had Washington State plates.

We are looking at video surveillance to figure out what happened. Going through the suspect's vehicle right now.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:40 PM

That one will definitely take a brunt of the traffic, there is one near chilliwack I've used before that seems to be under the radar, may be worth checking out: the extra drive time can easily be made up by shorter lines


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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:41 PM

Wow that's insane.

I have a female CBSA friend who works at the Peace Arch crossing... Fingers crossed it wasn't her who got shot.

Best wishes to the officer.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:42 PM

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sounds right, connects onto hwy 16?

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:43 PM

sounds right, connects onto hwy 16?


Hwy 11 (Canada)

Hwy 9 and 547 (US)

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:46 PM

Hwy 11 (Canada)

Hwy 9 and 547 (US)


Wasn't the one I'm thinking of, looked it up and its the aldergrove crossing

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:53 PM

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"Peace Arch Border Crossing will remain closed for the foreseeable future." - #RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet


That's terrible. Those border guards process hundreds of people per day. It's pretty scary for something like this to happen out of the blue. Wonder what the shooter's motive was.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:19 PM

Canadian border guard shot in booth at B.C. crossing
A lone gunman shot a Canadian border agent inside her booth at a B.C. crossing point Tuesday before turning his gun on himself, RCMP said.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said the officer was airlifted to hospital and "was breathing at the time," but her condition was not known.

Officers responded to a 911 call from a witness at 2 p.m., and found the border agent wounded and the gunman dead.

"In the incident following the shooting of the officer, the lone male was pronounced dead at the scene from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Paquet told reporters.

He said the border agent was airlifted to hospital and "was breathing at the time," but her condition is not known.

Little was known about the identity of the gunman, other than that he was in a vehicle bearing a Washington license plate.

The Canadian Border Services Agency said the incident happened at the Douglas Border Crossing in Surrey.

The border crossing has been closed and the CBSA advises travelers to divert to the Pacific Highway or Aldergrove Crossing.

Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews said he was "deeply concerned" by the shooting.

"This event is a sobering reminder of the dangerous conditions faced daily by the men and women of our law enforcement agencies as they work to protect the safety and security of Canadians," he said.

The Douglas Border Crossing, also known as the Peace Arch border, is the third busiest U.S.-Canada crossing point.

About 4,800 vehicles pass through the crossing during peak periods, with delays up to four hours on either side.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:31 PM

Reactionary much?

Do either of you still fly after 9/11?



Not at all. That is probably the stupidest reaction to have. There are going to be 1 off incidents such as these and regardless of what the media tells you border security isnt a problem. The media always looks for stories and I am sure we will hear about this for few weeks.


Don't worry! i still fly after 9/11. and i still will cross the border. I know my reaction wasn't a very good one to have but we never know. stuff like this could could happen anywhere at any time. So pretty much in this post I am admitting that my post above was wrong. :)
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