Three people are in hospital and police are on the hunt for a suspect after a suspected shooting in Moncton Wednesday night.

Police responded to a report of an altercation in the area of Whitney Avenue and Argyle Street around 10:15 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found three men who had been injured. They were taken to hospital. Two of the three men have since been released.

Police say a fourth man was seen running from the scene.

“We believe we know who he is,” said Sgt. Dan Poirier of the Codiac RCMP. "All our efforts are being put to locating this fourth person.”

There was a heavy police presence in the neighbourhood late Wednesday evening and Thursday morning as officers combed the area and cordoned off two homes with tape.

“I looked down the street and there were several cars down there and then a couple more came down and I saw police starting to walk around the neighbourhood carrying long guns,” said resident Ed Moore.

Thursday, RCMP were saying very little about what transpired.

They were back on scene collecting evidence with a canine unit and knocking on doors.

A home on Argyle Street was also taped off. The RCMP removed the tape just before 3 a.m.

“The people that fled the scene on Whitney were discovered around Argyle Street, so there was evidence to be collected,” said Poirier.

As different reports began to circulate on social media, there was no clarification from police, adding to people's concerns.

The RCMP say there is no threat to public safety, and that it is an isolated incident. However, residents who live on Whitney Avenue say it is concerning so close to home, but it's not uncommon.

“There's just a lot of things going on here,” said Brittany Gaudet. “Like, it’s not as safe as it what it used to be I find.”

Some residents are still wondering why RCMP haven't been more forthcoming with information.

“It's unfortunate that we weren't told anything,” said Moore.

And as they search for answers, police are continuing their search for the suspect that remains at large.

With files from CTV Atlantic’s Kate Walker.