Wednesday, September 13, 20062nd UPDATE: It all looks a little clearer - but just as dark - the following day. CBC news confirms at least one Dawson student was killed, Anastasia De Sousa, 18. "Montreal Gunman Called Himself 'Angel of Death'" [CBC News.com]
UPDATE: CNN reports at 9:24PM EST the sole death in this incident so far was the gunman's (reportedly suicide); however at least 19 students are reported wounded. On the page, you'll find a stunning (:50, link at end of story's first section) piece of cell-phone video taken by a bystander inside the building while police trained their guns on the shooter.
This is just terrible...I can't believe something like this is happening again in Montreal; shades of the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique massacre. At least 4 people are reported dead and over a dozen seriously injured after a shooting this afternoon at Dawson College in Montreal. From Bloomberg News:
Shooting started inside the Dawson College cafeteria shortly before 1 p.m., LCN network said. Witnesses said a tall, skinny man with a Mohawk haircut entered the school with a "large" gun. Michel Boyer, a student at Dawson, told CBC television that he heard about 20 shots. "It was the most frightening moment of my life," Boyer, 18, told the national news network. Three of the victims are in critical condition, Eric Berry, a spokesman for the Urgences Sante ambulance company, said in an interview near the school.More at 680 News Canada. What really brings this home for me is that I'm very familiar with that portion of Montreal; I used to work with an advertising agency whose offices were located a few blocks from the Place Alexis-Nihon mall. Again, it's just shocking, and I'm very curious to hear future developments on this incident.
Police shot one unidentified assailant and another one killed himself, RDI network reported, without saying where it got the information. Pictures taken from the LCN helicopter showed an unidentified body lying in the street, covered by a red blanket. The school, which opened in 1969, has been evacuated, LCN said.
Another suspect may have barricaded himself inside the school, LCN said. Police are searching the school for other gunmen, the network reported. The English-language school has about 10,000 day and night students, according to its Web site. The school, on Sherbrooke Street, is attended by students in between high school and university.
Melanie Lajoie, a spokeswoman for the Montreal Police Department, said she couldn't immediately provide details on today's events. Police also evacuated the nearby Place Alexis-Nihon shopping center, next to the old Montreal Forum hockey arena, the network said. No further details were immediately available.