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    One killed, 19 injured in school shooting spree
    Updated Wed. Sep. 13 2006 7:59 PM ET

    CTV.ca News Staff

    A gunman with a Mohawk haircut and black clothing opened fire inside Montreal's Dawson College on Wednesday, killing one woman and wounding 19 others.


    Police had earlier believed there were as many as four gunmen, as shots reportedly continued to be heard.


    The female victim, believed to be in her 20s, died from her wounds in hospital. Officials said up to eight people remain in critical condition.


    CTV's Jed Kahane said police received a call about the shooting just before 1 p.m. Witnesses heard shots at about 12:45 that lasted for 30 minutes.


    A police officer outside the college saw the gunman enter the building, and police quickly arrived at the scene. The suspect was shot dead as he tried to leave the school.


    Panicked students described a scene of chaos and violence, as people fled or hid from the shooter.


    "He shot right at us. And when he shot at us we jumped and ran the other day," said student Ali Hussein. He added that one bullet struck a wall close to where he was standing.

    Dawson College is located at the corner of Atwater and Sherbrooke in the heart of downtown Montreal.

    One student captured a cellphone video of police officers inside the school with their guns drawn. Someone then shouts to evacuate the building.

    Students told Kahane they saw someone roaming the halls with a gun, and heard at least 20 shots fired.

    One student told Montreal radio station 940 News she was on the phone at the college's front entrance when she heard five gunshots and a window break. She walked into the hallway and was inches from the gunman.

    "All of a sudden I turned around and saw a man dressed in black with a huge assault rifle," she said.

    "People didn't know what was going on ... they thought it was a joke."

    The man ran into the corner of the cafeteria to hide from police, she said.

    A number of officers surrounded the school with guns drawn, while others helped to evacuate students from inside the English-language CEGEP school which has about 10,000 students.

    Gary Clemence, a psychology teacher, said the college is "usually a really quiet, peaceful place. No problems, no knives, anything."

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the shooting "cowardly" and a "senseless act of violence."


    "On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and their loved ones, and to the students and staff of the college who are all victims of this terrible tragedy," said Harper in a statement.


    Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay said Canadians should reach out to the victims.


    "This is so tragic. How do we talk to the parents who are going through this? All I can say is that I feel for them, and I care for them," he told Newsnet.

    Were you on the scene?
    Send your images, with descriptive captions, to [email protected] Please include your name and phone number.
    Today's incident is horrifyingly reminiscent of another school shooting in Montreal. On Dec. 6, 1989, Marc Lepine killed 14 engineering students at the Ecole Polytechnique.


    The mass murder prompted tighter gun laws, which included the creation of the controversial national firearms registry. It also prompted Parliament to create the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in 1991, to coincide with the anniversary of the tragedy.

    During Wednesday's shooting, some students and teachers barricaded themselves in classrooms, waiting for police to rescue them.


    As many as 40 students and staff hid on the seventh floor, including eyewitness Adam Perez, who spoke to CTV Newsnet.


    "No one came to really warn us," said Perez. "Our first warning of the incident (came from) phone calls and text messages."



    One student told 940 News she saw two people who had been shot, including one who had been hit in the neck.

    The student said a friend told her four people had been shot.

    Michel Boyer, a student at the college, told CTV Newsnet he saw the gunman in a hallway leading to the cafeteria.

    "I saw the gunman who was dressed in black and at that time he was shooting at people. It was probably one of the most frightening moments of my life," Boyer said.

    Images captured from a helicopter hovering over the scene showed hordes of students running frantically from the building.

    A number of police vehicles surrounded what appeared to be a bloodsoaked sidewalk outside the school, and several yellow ambulance vehicles were seen speeding from the scene after victims were carried from the building on stretchers and loaded in the vehicles.


    Family members of Dawson College students seeking more information can call (514) 280-2880 or (514) 280-2806.

    Meanwhile, medical staff at the Montreal General Hospital Emergency Service are asking the public to avoid the hospital's emergency rooms, so doctors can treat the victims.


    Concerned family members can call a special hotline at the hospital: 514-843-2839.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

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    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
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    For links to more information and videos/pictures:

    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew...hub=TopStories




    Witness accounts: 'He almost hit me by an inch'
    Updated Wed. Sep. 13 2006 8:13 PM ET

    CTV.ca News Staff



    Students and witnesses recount a chaotic scene, inside and outside Dawson College in Montreal, when gunfire erupted. Their accounts for CTV News come shortly after several people were taken away in ambulances, and before any official word has come down about what happened.

    Ali Hussein -- student

    He was pointing the gun at the top of the stairs because he saw people running up the stairs and then he shot right at us and we all jumped and ran the other way.

    He almost hit me by an inch. He hit the wall and a piece of the wall chipped and fell on the floor.

    I thought it was a fake gun at first, I thought the gun was joking around and then I saw a lady lying on the floor and she was bleeding all over ... and then I knew it was for real. That's when I got my stuff and started running the other way.

    Cecilia Katan - student


    I'm a student at Dawson, and I was just getting out of class when it all started. I wanted to head downstairs, but noone was moving. I heard someone say 'I think someone has a gun!'


    I couldn't believe that this could be happening, so I kept looking down the short flight of stairs and saw people crawling on the floor, trying to get around a corner.


    Then I saw a man crawling backwards, holding a girl (who I now believe might have been wounded). Just then, I heard three gunshots, and everyone started to run, screaming.


    I followed the crowd down an emergency staircase, and all I could think of was to get away from the school.


    I had the image of the students I saw crawling and those cramped behind the corner with such terrified looks on their faces. It was so traumatizing... the scene kept repeating in my head, and my heart was going crazy.

    Were you on the scene?
    Send your images, with descriptive captions, to [email protected] Please include your name and phone number.
    Zina Irwin - Eyewitness

    I live on 3025 Sherbrooke Street West, directly across from Dawson College.

    I came home for lunch (I'm a student at Concordia)... and heard lots of people screaming around 1 pm. I looked out my window and dozens of students and staff members were exiting the building. Many were in tears, many running for safety.

    For the last couple of hours there have been armed policemen crouched among the parked vehicles along Sherbrooke. I saw a couple hiding behind the trees in Dawson's yard.

    One man exited the building after most people and police ... asked the man to put his hands on his back, to empty his pockets, lift up his shirt, remove his jacket.

    Eventually they spoke with him for a while before releasing him with the others.

    I am very, very scared. I am confined to my apartment and my apartment building. For over an hour, it sounded like policemen were on the roof.

    Ryan George - student

    I'm a student at Dawson. I was just coming out of class on the fourth floor when I saw everyone running to the emergency exit. People were yelling "Someone got shot!"We ran out of the school and there was a huge crowd outside the school. There was a guy sitting on the curb and he was bleeding from the stomach and some police were helping him out.

    The look on his face was just shocked.

    All of a sudden people leaving the school started screaming and sprinting away faster and it was just chaotic.

    We ran into the Pepsi Forum and the police locked down the building.


    Robert Soroka -- teacher Dawson College

    At a quarter to one I was in my office, preparing for class and I heard shots. I looked out the window and saw a police officer with his firearm drawn.

    I proceeded to go down the hallway with a couple of other teachers and basically what we did was try to keep students in the classrooms.

    As time progressed we heard more shots ringing out and it was always multiple shots, it was never just one or two, it was several shots. And we just told everybody stay in the room.

    From my office I saw the police officers working on an injured person and basically a lot of running around.

    The shots seemed to be from the second floor atrium area. From what I've heard from eyewitnesses, from the students that where it happened.

    We saw somebody shot in the neck. We saw a couple of people being taken away but we don't really know anything.

    For many of the students and the teachers we were just in emergency mode and we were just really working on adrenaline. We were just working to make sure everybody was safe.

    Alyssia Shiwdayal


    A friend and I were at the second floor cafeteria and we both heard this one large noise thinking it was a joke, and that someone was playing with firecrackers.


    But then it clicked to me that the noise was too loud and was a gunshot. Then about eight shots followed.


    I screamed to my friend to "run" and that someone was shooting something, and we ran up the escalator and we looked at the school's entrance and saw the gunshots, and blurred figure holding the gun and smoke everywhere and the smoke was getting closer and closer.


    Everyone was screaming and running and my friend and I ran into a corridor on the third floor where the professors offices are. The professors were unaware about the situation


    About 20 other female students were with us. The professors took about five students in each office and called the security and police.


    About 40 minutes to an hour later, we were evacuated with the police who were very tense telling us to run out of the school with our hands in the air and led us far from the school.


    The students who were with me in the professors office saw a man, they described as a tall, dressed in black with long black boots and a long riffle.


    Adam Perez -- student

    I was on the seventh floor. The entire staff was stuck up there. No one came to really warn us. Our first warning of the incident (came from) phone calls and text messages.


    We were stuck in there about an hour, an hour and a half.


    The whole thing's pretty scary. It's all so surreal, everything that has happened so quickly. I've never had this many phone calls in my life.

    Seeing blood on the floor, seeing bullets in the walls and shattered glass leaving the school, realizing the reality of the situation, it's really, really frightening.

    Tarek Azen - eyewitness

    I live across the street and .. I was standing there when people started coming out. People were screaming, crying, hands in the air. Pretty much chaos.

    There were maybe four or five people that were carried out on stretchers, ambulances, carried away. There are people here that are worried, crying about people that might still be in the university.



    Mark Kojima - Student


    I was near the cafeteria ... and I heard a few shots go off and then I saw a huge stampede of people coming my way and basically I got pushed out of the school with that entire stampede.


    After that we were on Westmount Square and another stampede started. Because from what I heard the shooter went up in the square and then came out where we were all standing so another stampede happened.


    I had a few friends that were in the cafeteria and had to stay there for about 20 minutes because the cops wouldn't let them leave.


    I talked to some friends that have been on cellphones with kids that are actually still in the school that are under desks.

    Michel Boyer - Student


    I saw the gunman who was dressed in black and at that time he was shooting at people. I immediately hit the floor. It was probably one of the most frightening moments of my life.


    He was shooting randomly, I didn't know what he was shooting at, but everyone was screaming get out of the building.


    I'm 19-years-old and to have everybody that you love flash before you in that single moment thinking that you're going to get shot creates a ripple effect and you feel it in your heart and your ears are just ringing.


    Words cannot describe the emotion that you are going through.


    Everybody was in tears. Everybody was so worried for their own safety for their own lives.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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    • #3
      Update

      Six people in critical condition after Montreal shooting
      Dawson College director Richard Fillion tries to keep it together and receives words of encouragement from Montreal General Hospital's Francoise Chagnon as they address the media after a shooting incident at the college.
      Photograph by : THE GAZETTE/Allen McInnis

      Canadian Press
      Published: Thursday, September 14, 2006
      MONTREAL — Six people remained in critical condition on Thursday, including two in very critical condition, after a trenchcoat-clad gunman entered a downtown college and began mowing down students.

      A spokesman for the Montreal General Hospital said it is treating 11 shooting victims — six men and five women — aged between 17 and 48.

      "Six of these patients remain in critical condition — two extremely critical in the intensive care unit," Tarek Razek, the hospital's trauma director, told a news conference. "Five patients are in less critical, more stable condition.

      "We had two injuries to the head and three to the abdomen that we're dealing with. And two of those patients are in serious condition, one of them to the head."

      The gunman and a young female student were killed in Wednesday's tragedy at Dawson College, while about 20 people in all were injured.

      Several published reports identified the gunman as Kimveer Gill, 25, of Laval, near Montreal. Police would not confirm his identity.

      An online image gallery on Gill's blog contains more than 50 photos depicting the young man in various poses holding a Baretta CX4 Storm semi-automatic rifle and donning a long black trenchcoat and combat boots.

      "His name is Trench," he wrote on his vampirefreaks.com profile. "You will come to know him as the Angel of Death."

      Witnesses said they saw the gunman carrying an automatic rifle and two other guns and that he was dressed head to toe in black when he stormed into the sprawling downtown college.

      A woman who died in the shooting was identified as Anastasia DeSousa, 18, of Montreal, although police would not confirm the name.

      Matthew Wall, 18, went to the Montreal General Hospital on Thursday morning because one of his friends was shot twice, including once in the pelvis.

      "Both bullets entered and exited, so she's going to be fine," Wall said. "She was shot outside.

      "I felt OK at home before but ... it's a little nerve-racking. You're on edge a lot. It's pretty heavy because it's not anything that anyone would have suspected or anything that anyone saw coming."

      There have been conflicting reports about how the gunman was shot and killed.

      Police Chief Yvan Delorme said officers killed him. However, witnesses told Montreal La Presse he shot himself in the head after police a bullet struck him in the leg. Officers then dragged him outside, where he died on the street.

      The shootings recalled Marc Lepine's murderous rampage at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique school on Dec. 6, 1989, when he opened fire and ended up killing 14 women.

      Delorme said the lessons learned from the Montreal Massacre about the need to co-ordinate emergency services and act promptly helped save lives.

      "Before, our technique was to establish a perimeter around the place and wait for the SWAT team," he said. "Now the first police officers go right inside. The way they acted saved lives."





      © The Canadian Press 2006
      September 11th - Never Forget

      I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

      Sheri
      IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
      Honorary Flatlander

      RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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      • #4
        I saw a story about this in the local paper here.....this was the last paragraph...

        Canadian laws prohibit the possession of unregistered handguns, and the rules for ownership of registered guns are stringent. Many politicians and police contend illegal guns flowing across the U.S.-Canada border are behind a recent spike in firearm violence.
        I think the crazy *astard that had the gun is to blame regardless of where he got it.

        But thats just me. After all we didnt allow the crazy person over the border - you had him first!
        Warm Regards,
        Shawn Stoner
        EMT-B

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        • #5
          Remember,

          All the ills of the world are caused by the United States.

          And this happened in Quebec, where it seems the looniest of Canadians live from my recollections of past posts from or friends to the North.

          Remember: if you outlaw firearms, only criminals will have them.
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          • #6
            Hey canada, lets criminals across our border every day, murderes, robbers, and terrorists.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by CaptainMikey
              Hey canada, lets criminals across our border every day, murderes, robbers, and terrorists.
              Hey right back at ya - you train em to fly planes! Sorry that could be construded as inflamitory - how bout - Bush comes across the border every now and then (speaking of murderes, robbers, and terrorists)! Ooops that might be inflamatory as well!


              My condolences go out to the families of those killed and injured in this BS attack. At least we dont have to pay for legal council for this A-hole!
              Last edited by Dave404; 09-15-2006, 07:13 PM.
              -I have learned people will forget what you said,
              -People will forget what you did,
              -But people will never forget how you made them feel!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dave404
                Hey right back at ya - you train em to fly planes! Sorry that could be construded as inflamitory - how bout - Bush comes across the border every now and then (speaking of murderes, robbers, and terrorists)! Ooops that might be inflamatory as well!


                My condolences go out to the families of those killed and injured in this BS attack. At least we dont have to pay for legal council for this A-hole!
                Take a deep breath, Dave. Now take a swig of beer. Yup REAL beer, CANADIAN beer. And another one. Now go pet your beaver. Guaranteed you'll feel better!!!!

                Mikey that was uncalled for.
                September 11th - Never Forget

                I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                Sheri
                IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
                Honorary Flatlander

                RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dave404
                  Hey right back at ya - you train em to fly planes! Sorry that could be construded as inflamitory - how bout - Bush comes across the border every now and then (speaking of murderes, robbers, and terrorists)! Ooops that might be inflamatory as well!


                  My condolences go out to the families of those killed and injured in this BS attack. At least we dont have to pay for legal council for this A-hole!
                  WOW! This really didnt upset me or inflame me, I just read it aloud and inserted "eh" at the end of every sentence and that pretty much made it all comedy!
                  Warm Regards,
                  Shawn Stoner
                  EMT-B

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RspctFrmCalgary
                    Take a deep breath, Dave. Now take a swig of beer. Yup REAL beer, CANADIAN beer. And another one. Now go pet your beaver. Guaranteed you'll feel better!!!!

                    Mikey that was uncalled for.
                    Ithought I was quite restrained
                    -I have learned people will forget what you said,
                    -People will forget what you did,
                    -But people will never forget how you made them feel!

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