Shootings in Montreal: the turn of an elementary school to be affected

Shootings in Montreal: the turn of an elementary school ;being touched

, Frédérique Giguère and Michael Nguyen MISE À DAY

As Montreal recovers from a Wild West night, concern is mounting for parents of young children in Rosemont and Anjou over two shootings at a stone's throw from primary schools, even smashing the window of one of them.

When the bell of the Roseraies school rang at the end of the morning on Tuesday, Fouzia Aourtilane was waiting for her little girl in front of the door in the pouring rain. She was annoyed, not by the deluge falling on her head, but by the shots that had been fired at the school on Boulevard des Galeries-d'Anjou a few hours earlier. Young people who were in the courtyard were targeted by individuals in a vehicle, but were not injured. A window damaged by a projectile had to be replaced in the morning. 

“It's because I had to pick her up for dinner, but I would have stayed home today”, admits the woman , disturbed.

A few moments later, the little one came to join her mother for dinner. The little girl, whose mother chose not to name her, celebrated her birthday and was about to blow out her 11 candles on Tuesday. 

“I'm afraid. It's a funny party,” said the young student, dressed in a raincoat, visibly troubled. 

An employee was busy on Tuesday replacing a window that had been pierced by a projectile from a firearm. the Roseraies primary school, in the borough of Anjou, in Montreal.

One victim injured

Shortly after midnight, more shots rang out, this time in the city center. A 38-year-old man who was at Place Émilie-Gamelin, rue Berri, was hit by at least one projectile and is in stable condition.

An hour later, a vehicle was riddled with bullets while parked on the edge of Monarques elementary school in Rosemont.

“It's coming seriously, it's really less safe and I don't like it,” says René Thériault, who has lived in the neighborhood for fifty years and who was awakened by the gunshots.

Finally, around 2 a.m., the series of shootings ended on rue Saint-Denis, near boulevard De Maisonneuve Est, downtown. Two men aged 26 and 32 were affected and are in stable condition. The crime could be linked to the one that occurred earlier at Place Émilie-Gamelin and would be linked to drug trafficking, according to our sources. The two stages are located 200 meters away.

As the event on rue Saint-Denis took place in the middle of this commercial artery, several people witnessed it despite the time. 

People were on the terrace of the nearby Saint-Houblon microbrewery, among other places, and started screaming when they heard the detonations. The cook headed for the crime scene, while a bartender rushed to dial 911.

“When I finish late at night, maybe I'll take a cab now,” said an employee who preferred to remain anonymous. 

Several background

Two individuals were arrested in connection with the latter shooting.

Jordance Jean, 34, and Joseph Jean-Louis, 47, briefly appeared by videoconference at the Montreal courthouse.

Looking upset, Jean-Louis asked “to see the images video”, without specifying what he was referring to. Jean, for his part, did not say a word. His lawyer, however, seemed surprised that he was only charged with possession of drugs and possession of weapons.

“There are certainly new charges that will come,” however, said know the Crown.

As the prosecution opposed their release on bail, they will remain detained for the time being. 

The duo have an impressive criminal history, mainly for assault files. 

Joseph Jean-Louis was notably sentenced to five years in prison in 2019 for having stabbed two sex workers a few years earlier.

The four shootings in the night

Around 8 p.m.

Roseraies Elementary School, Anjou

Around midnight

Place Émilie-Gamelin, downtown

Around 12:30 a.m.

Louisiana Park, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie

Around 2 a.m.

Saint-Denis and De Maisonneuve East, downtown

Several public buildings hit by gunfire

The stray bullet that hit an elementary school, a first since shootings began in the Montreal area according to our research, was just the most recent incident where a public building has been hit by gunfire since the start of 2021. a few examples:

September 2022 Explosions sounded very close to an arena in the east of the metropolis; 

May 2022 The front of an abandoned daycare center was riddled with bullets, in Rivière-des-Prairies; 

April 2022 A projectile pierced the window of 'a library, in Anjou;

September 2021 An attempted murder occurred near daycare centres, in Saint-Michel;

March 2021 A stray bullet shattered the window of the Pierre-Boucher Hospital in Longueuil.

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