The RCMP have distributed an Alert Ready message to the greater Moncton area, saying 24-year-old Janson Bryan Baker intends to use the firearms.
However, police later distributed a message on Twitter saying Moncton residents “can go about their everyday business but with caution.”
Baker is described as 5-foot-9, 145 pounds, with short brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his neck, right cheek and forehead.
The Mounties say he is believed to be driving a black 2020 Hyundai Elantra with tinted windows and the licence plate JUN 296.
Shortly after the shooting near Riverview High School was reported Tuesday at 5:15 p.m., a man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say Baker should not be approached.
“As police search for the individual, the public is asked not to report police locations or positions on social media,” the RCMP said in a statement.
“Only call 911 if you have seen Janson Bryan Baker or if you have information on his whereabouts. . . . Do not call 911 or police directly to seek additional information.”
The tattoo on the right side of Baker’s forehead says “Fearless,” which is the name he uses when performing as a rapper. Photos of the Moncton man appear on the website SoundCloud, which features several of his recordings, some of which are accompanied by photos of guns, cash and what appears to be drug paraphernalia.
“I’ve been in trouble my whole life and I finally found something I love doing that isn’t bad, so help me make it out the gudda,” says an introductory message on the site.
The school districts where the shooting occurred announced on social media that all of their schools and other facilities were closed for the day.