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The Moncton shootings were one year ago yesterday.
Jim spent three days living in his car, following the police.
Foster says he doesn't like public speaking.
A die hard Monctonite, Foster took the shootings very personally. He saw the victims as "his cops."
It was a regular day, a beautiful day. He got a call from his boss while mowing the lawn -- there was a shooting.
Foster thought it would be a false call.
Everybody was called in, and the reporters were "as organized as the RCMP."
He approaches people on their porches who saw the shooting, his mind still not grasping the situation. It just didn't happen in Moncton.
He headed towards the bullet ridden cop car, thinking he'd be stopped by cops.
No one stopped him. No cops were around. "I was standing in blood."
He got a call from his friend, who suggested that maybe he should be directly in the crime scene.
He realised the area was being locked down when he was IN the area. " I am in, so I guess I am staying here"
The area got locked down, and he was trapped in. Amazingly, the cops tolerated his presence.
"They never bothered me in 30 hours."
The most tense moment, he got wind off of a free police app on his phone that the cops were commandeering tractor trailers blocking Mountain Road.
They found the shooter, and the cops were ducking down with shotguns. Foster was standing among them with "his little cellphone."
The cops told Foster that the shooter will come out, see him standing in the middle of a highway in a white shirt, sweater, clipboard and cellphone and say, "that's the boss!" and shoot him first.
"We did not know if this guy was only hunting cops"
Foster talked to Victor, a man who almost got shot. Someone behind him got shot instead, and Victor heard her screams.
The Canadian media descended, and it became a zoo.
Night came, he was in a short sleeve shirt, cold, hungry, phone dying with no laptop. He went home to sleep.
"I kept thinking 'this guy is going to get caught any second'"
He was called back out, so he grabbed snacks, a spare phone, and more supplies and ran back out.
The cops announced that the suspect was in custody. The shooter never left his position the whole 30 hours.
He ran from the newsroom, where he was typing his story, to the scene.
Cops in camo everywhere, Victor pulled up and tried to get out of his car. Was pushed back in.
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?