No less than 80 shots were fired in Rivière-des-Prairies and Montréal-Nord in just 24 hours, which continues to affect the sense of security of citizens frightened by the multiple shootings that shake the hot sectors of the metropolis.
“The world is on the verge of going crazy,” France Morneault, who works as a waitress at Al's pizzeria and submarines, a stone's throw from the most recent crime scene, said yesterday.
Around midnight yesterday, around 30 shots rang out at the corner of Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard and 27th Avenue, in Rivière-des-Prairies, right next to a police station.  ;
A 25-year-old woman received at least one projectile in the legs, but there is no fear for her life. Unknown to police, she may have been targeted completely at random as she walked to Al's restaurant with friends, according to our information.
One of the hypotheses seriously considered by the investigators is that of scoring, an increasingly common practice among street gangs that makes it possible to win points within his clan.
Shortly after, four suspects fled in a vehicle. However, Montreal police patrollers quickly chased him, in particular because the driver was traveling at high speed and had committed several traffic violations.
When trying to flee from the officers , the driver of the fleeing vehicle lost control and ended up upside down in a ditch about four kilometers away.
Authorities arrested two young men at the scene, but their accomplices managed to escape.
A major police operation was held for long hours yesterday to try to find the young men in an adjacent wooded area. In vain.
Aboard the vehicle, weapons, high capacity magazines and a bulletproof vest were discovered, our sources indicate.
At the end of the n the afternoon, Dardy Lavaud, 18, and Robby Valère, 23, were formally charged with possession of a prohibited firearm at the Montreal courthouse.
As the Crown opposed their release, they will remain detained pending further proceedings. More charges could follow.
Lavaud has no criminal record, while Valère has previous convictions for drug possession and failure to comply with a court order.
During the passage of the Journal, tension was high in this residential area in the east of the island.< /p>
“We don't want to live in fear,” said Fatima Iden, who lives near the crime scene. We've been living here for a long time. We had security. But now it's the opposite. “
” You can hardly go out, said Pierre Boyer, employee for ten years of the florist who has a storefront next to the crime scene. Lost bullets, you go out and get shot. They shoot everywhere.
This is the third bloody incident involving firearms to occur in just 24 hours.
Wednesday evening, a young man of 26 years without history was killed by several bullets in the courtyard of the Lester B. Pearson school, in Montreal North. A few minutes later, a vehicle in which a young woman was traveling was riddled with bullets in Rivière-des-Prairies.
– With the collaboration of Maxime Deland, Agence QMI, Laurent Lavoie and Michaël Nguyen
THE NEWSPAPER | A major police operation lasted long hours yesterday in Montreal, while the armed and well-equipped suspects fled. Here is the thread of events
1. The shooting
Around 12:30 a.m., around 30 shots were fired at the corner of Boulevard Maurice-Duplessis and 27th Avenue, in front of a Desjardins branch and Al's restaurant. A 25-year-old woman was injured. Projectile impacts are visible in glass.
2. A car accident
Four suspects fled in a speeding vehicle. After about 4 kilometers, the driver lost control of the car, which overturned in a ditch on Broadway Avenue. Two suspects managed to flee, but two others were handcuffed by the authorities.
3 . Perimeter erected
The Montreal police deployed heavy artillery with heavily armed police to get their hands on the collars of the two fugitives, but without success. Searches were carried out in a wooded area, and a large quadrangle was cordoned off. In the afternoon yesterday, the intensive search was stopped. The suspects are actively sought by the authorities.
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Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128