RCMP shooting suspect 'always said he wanted to go out with a bang'
Friends and former colleagues of suspected cop-killer Justin Bourque, 24, describe him as a strange and intense man with a gun obsession.
"I always joked, 'I don't want to be around when that guy goes nuts,' but it sure isn't funny anymore," Chris Gould, who once worked with Bourque at Walmart, told QMI Agency.
Gould said Bourque's very religious Christian parents home-schooled him and he's always been obsessed with guns.
Bourque's Facebook page is full of photos and posts that are anti-gun control, anti-liberal and anti-police.
The young Moncton man suspected of killing three Mounties and injuring two others had an issue with authority, another former Walmart co-worker told Business Insider.
"I never took him seriously, but he always said he wanted to go out with a bang and bring people with him," Caitlin Isaac said. "He's always seemed to have a problem with authority."
Police said they have no history of Bourque in their records.
Mike Campbell, who was childhood friends with Bourque until the two drifted apart, told Business Insider Bourque quit his job at a grocery store and was living in a trailer park.
Campbell told the magazine Bourque came to see him one afternoon when other friends were over.
"We were just sitting in the garage drinking a little bit of whisky, listening to some Black Sabbath, and having a good time. Then he got up. 'I should get home before I pass out,' is what he said. 'I'm going to go.'
"I told him, 'Get hold of me later.' And he was like, 'I don't know. You take care, Mike. You have a good life."
— With files from Kris Sims