A girl traumatized by the shots

One of the young girls who saw all the shots at a man while looking for her cat in a family neighborhood in Laval on Tuesday afternoon is still struggling to erase those violent images from her mind.

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“I visualize the scene in my head as I saw the guy fall to the ground. At night I try to sleep but I hear the same sounds as the gunshots. It keeps me from sleeping. I get stressed when I see a gray car,” the 11-year-old said in an interview The newspaper.


A man who is hit by a shot jumps up and appears to seek refuge.

Screenshot of a surveillance camera

A man who is hit by a shot jumps up and appears to seek refuge.

She asked that her identity be kept secret as she feared for her safety.

She was babysitting with her grandmother during a PD day when a 33-year-old man was injured in a drive-by shooting in front of her.

He screams in pain

A citizen’s security camera captured everything from the crime scene. At 1:05 p.m., a black car is seen arriving at full speed on rue Normandin in the Chomedey district. Three shots are heard and the attacked man begins to scream.

The event happens in a few seconds when the little girl with her friend of 12 years old is looking for her runaway cat Atchoum.

We then see the victim stumble and jump in the street as if trying to take refuge. Panicked, his wife follows behind him.


The 33-year-old victim's girlfriend panics and runs towards her.

Screenshot of a surveillance camera

The 33-year-old victim’s girlfriend panics and runs towards her.

The injured foot then sits on the steps of a residential building, where we hear him say, “Is that how it is now? The police arrived a few minutes later.


The injured man sits on a balcony, accompanied by a first police officer who arrived at the scene five minutes after the shooting.

Screenshot of a surveillance camera

The injured man sits on a balcony, accompanied by a first police officer who arrived at the scene five minutes after the shooting.

“At first I thought it was fireworks. Then I saw the guy fall and didn’t know what to do, whether to help him or run away. I fled to my grandma,” says the little girl on the phone.

She locked the apartment doors and drew the curtains because she was “really scared” before calling 911.

“I had upper abdominal pain from the stress. I hugged my girlfriend because she was crying so much,” she recalls.

The young girls were received by the police accompanied by a service dog. “It helped us talk and clear our minds,” she said.

three in as many days

This shooting was the third in as many days in Laval within a radius of about two miles. A 28-year-old man was shot dead after a family celebration on Sunday. The next day shots were fired near an elementary school.

“My daughter was lucky, but in broad daylight with children … Next time there may be a stray bullet,” lamented the mother, still in shock. It is made that we will be afraid to go out. It’s really serious. »

– In collaboration with TVA Nouvelles

Regardless of the innocent victims

Gunfire at all hours of the day suggests criminals show no regard for people who might become their collateral victims, former police officers say.

“There is impunity. Young people [criminels] feeling invincible, not afraid of the consequences or the police. And since they’re not afraid of anything, they don’t take precautions,” analyzed Stéphane Wall, a retired Montreal Police Supervisor.

The shooting in a residential area of ​​Laval on Tuesday could easily have turned into a tragedy if the girls who were nearby had taken a stray bullet, he lamented.

“We speak of disorganized crime if we just look at how they did it, for example, in a car that drives fast and doesn’t even stop to shoot,” said Paul Laplante, retired investigator for the Sûreté du Québec.

Uncontrollable

Street gangs, which were responsible for 75% of the shootings in Laval last year, appear to be spiraling out of control, according to the former Carcajou Squad leader.

“And that’s where the problem lies. After the announcement of Centaure – an operation to combat gun violence – I thought orders would come down from above and say, ‘That’s enough, you nonsense,'” added Mr. Laplante.

The two retired police officers want political action before collateral victims die.

Paul Laplante hopes there is no need for another Daniel Desrochers, an innocent 11-year-old victim of the bloody 1995 motorcycle war. The Caracajou Troupe was formed shortly thereafter to put an end to the attacks.

“Things were really hot back then, but it was all about this event,” he recalls.

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