The man now hunted by the Mounties and a dark post on Facebook


A heavily armed man that police have identified as Justin Bourque walks on Hildegard Drive in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, after several shots were fired in the area. The man, suspected of killing three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, was spotted three times Thursday but has so far eluded a massive manhunt, police said. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Moncton Times & Transcript, telegraphjournal.com, Viktor Pivovarov)

A heavily armed man dressed in camouflage shot and killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and injured two others Wednesday night in New Brunswick. As of this morning, the whole town of Moncton, where the shootings took place, was locked down. And the person the Mounties say they are hunting was still on the loose, last seen with two rifles, a knife and a crossbow.

Little is known about the circumstances of the shooting, but locals heard gunshots. Nor is much known about 24-year-old Justin Bourque, the object of the manhunt.

But as is so often the case these days, there appears to be a trail on social media, in this case on Facebook, left by a man of the same name, whose pictures look just like the man with the weapons who’s wanted by the police.

This Facebook account under the name Justin Bourque — which glorifies guns, evinces a fear of a Russian invasion and depicts a camouflaged, heavily armed man who resembles the gunman — has been identified by several media outlets and locals as belonging to the cop’s suspect. “Gotta love when a friend like justin turns out to be a mulltible killer,” wrote one Facebook friend of this account hours after the shooting.


Screenshot shows the Facebook page of one Justin Bourque.

The Washington Post could not confirm that this Facebook account belongs to the suspect in the shootings, and messages left with Bourque and his Facebook friends were not immediately returned Thursday morning. If the account belongs to the suspect Justin Bourque, the alleged shooter would bear some similarities to Eliot Rodger, who shot and killed seven in southern California and also left behind a chilling social media trail.

At 4:37 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, hours before locals in Moncton said they heard nine to 10 gunshots, Bourque posted a long Facebook message, quoting the heavy metal band Megadeth. He wrote:

A cockroach in the concrete, courthouse tan and beady eyes.
A slouch with fallen arches, purging truths into great lies.
A little man with a big eraser, changing history
Procedures that he’s programmed to, all he hears and sees.
Altering the facts and figures, events and every issue.
Make a person disappear, and no one will ever miss you.
Rewrites every story, every poem that ever was.
Eliminates incompetence, and those who break the laws.
Follow the instructions of the New Ways’ Evil Book of Rules.
Replacing rights with wrongs, the files and records in the schools.
You say you’ve got the answers, well who asked you anyway?
Ever think maybe it was meant to be this way?
Don’t try to fool us, we know the worst is yet to come.
I believe my kingdom will come.

Many of his messages were laced with anger and resentment toward police, which he called “militarized,” “pompous” and “incomprehensible.” Nearly every post involved violence — “no remorse crushing the human race” — the necessity to bear arms, or what he characterized as governments’ infringement upon people’s rights. “Soon they’ll put a tag on you,” he wrote earlier this year. “They already gave you your number, they decided how you are allowed to live, they paid for your school so you learned their doctrine, they take your money so they can employ people who control you, they told you to lay down your arms, but continually increase the number of their arms, they made your forefathers fight and die against socialism for them, they turned they’re grand children into socialistic puppets to serve them, they tell us to live in peace, yet they start wars…the new age of the tyrants is already upon us.” He represented himself as a militiaman, expressing anger toward other people whom he called ignorant to the dangers of an ongoing “silent war. … Ask yourself, would you fight for the future of your children or grandchildren, or your family and friends sons and daughters? The answer is: no you’re too stupid to know what to fight for, cause we’re already losing the silent war you don’t wanna believe is happening.” 


On social media, friends of the account that may be Bourque’s urged people not to harm the 24-year-old. “No one will ever know the truth, ever know the full story if they kill Justin Bourque,” said one whose profile picture is an image of Adolph Hitler. “And those that know anything about him will most likely never divulge, because of the sheeple. If you want to know why, then you’ll have to ask him yourself, and you can’t do that if he’s dead.”

Terrence McCoy is a foreign affairs writer at the Washington Post. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Cambodia and studied international politics at Columbia University. Follow him on Twitter here.
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