The last scene like this was back in the eighties, when a truck filled with logs turned over and killed 13 children.
"He arrived at the scene, with people pulling logs off of little bodies."
The shooting ranked up there with that.
The shooting happened in only 20 minutes.
He doesn't know what his colleagues did in detail, but he knew it was exemplary.
"When youre in the middle of a crisis like this, and people keep trying to talk to you to get information... it is a lot to handle but you learn to ignore a lot of things"
You had to ignore a variety of distractions -- "aunty Matilda" calling you, the boss calling you.
The reporters went out alone, not in pairs. Was that the best idea for some new reporters? It might be. Foster thinks so, and that it meant they got incredible coverage.
Health and safety might not like the idea of sending them out alone.
Online content was huge, especially since their website was new.
The photo of the shooter was especially important. "Victor was incredibly brave to get that photo."
In a situation like this, you will get ridiculous requests from the boss says Foster.
They won't get the idea that cops won't tell you anything, and instead Foster went to the people actually affected.
Were the witnesses scared to talk?
He has distinctive truck, so cops knew it was him.
People in Moncton think they have an obligation to talk to reporters, or want to appear on the front page of the Transcript.
if people wanted to be anonymous, would you still interview them?
A question about twitter, and how many followers they got, or if Foster had a personal twitter.
Foster doesn't know. They were still early using twitter.
Moncton has a large group of "news chasers."
Foster doesn't have a high opinion of these people, or citizen journalists.
Say they have their uses, but ultimately get in the way.
Other twitter users were disclosing information and therefore getting more followers.
"We had good fortune" it did not seem right to disclose information. The "news chasers" had really bad judgement calls.
How do you feel about how later in the main hunt, when the police were using loud speakers. Police weren't pretending to be anonymous -- and people tweeted that when the police were saying to not give out too much info. What's your thoughts?
"They really weren't trying to be anonymous then eh?"
Quick announcement: we will have to end 10 minutes short.
Question: right after it was after, there was follow up stories for weeks. Did you have to step away, how did it effect you?
How do you deal with people who do not want to talk on camera?
- Sometimes using a cell phone camera helps
He can get a little worked up, when seeing a YouTube video on the event.
Getting emotional doesn't bother Foster. "It makes you feel better."
He was friends with one of the victims, and being a gaunt himself, Foster used to shoot at the gun range with the gun range.
Foster was close to one of the police officers killed. 'It is a shock to see him gone"
The cop helped turn Moncton party central into a quiet neighbourhood. Foster is sad to see him gone.
What do you think about using the shooters name?
He has no problem with it -- unless it's used for no reason or inappropriately.
He wants his name to last 100 years -- he wants him to be a model for how mental health is not being treated, especially in New Brunswick where "everyone cares about the dollar."
"I hope we never forget his name to use as an example for the things that could go wrong if mental heath issues are not carefully treated"
Media contact with police question.
Once the police knew the situation would last a while, they sent in media officers.
One has never come back to the job after seeing three of his friends die.
Calls came in from all over the world, the media officers didn't know really what to do. Moncton doesn't get this attention.
Police officers used social media to inform people
They sent out press releases, twitter updates. Foster says they did a good job, and like everyone in the beginning, they were overwhelmed.