Gangs could be linked to Friday shooting near Laval college: police


At least one of many younger males injured in Friday’s shooting near a Laval junior school is believed to be affiliated with a avenue gang, police confirmed at a press convention Saturday.

Laval police (SPL) Chief Pierre Brochet stated the sufferer could be linked to the Flamehead Boys gang, a gaggle lively on Laval territory.

He wouldn’t verify whether or not the victims are linked to College Montmorency. The shooting occurred in a park near the college, triggering a lockdown for these contained in the constructing.

Brochet stated groups of police have been deployed to find the suspect.

He additionally assured the general public that the world surrounding the school is now protected, urging residents to contact the SPL with any data related to the investigation.

He supplied his “honest ideas” to the scholars and school who skilled a “evening of anguish.”

It’s not the primary that point that aggressions of this type have occurred in Laval, Brochet stated, pointing to a “wave of incidents” regarding organized crime.

“We have elevated the price range for investigations on the police division by $1.2 million per yr to be certain that there are sufficient investigators coping with recordsdata associated to firearms and avenue gangs,” he stated.  

People are proven inside College Montmorency in Laval, Que., Friday, November 11, 2022, the place three folks have been shot in a park shut to the school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes


Laval mayor Stephane Boyer was additionally on the press convention. He stated he requested Quebec Public Security Minister François Bonnardel for extra help from the federal government.

“I used to be on the telephone […] to ask him for monetary help from Quebec, as Montreal has acquired in current weeks,” he stated. “We would really like to obtain the identical help in order that our police have all of the instruments in hand to cease these crime waves. “

The metropolis can be planning to construct a brand new $60 million police station within the coronary heart of Chomedey, the “hottest” crime neighbourhood in Laval, in accordance to the mayor.

The Laval-des-Rapides and Pont-Viau neighbourhoods even have a excessive focus of firearm discharges, Brochet added.

When requested concerning the actions taken by the town, Boyer stated Laval has acquired $5 million in prevention. In addition, a multi-party fee is presently assembly with a number of stakeholders and organizations to handle the general public security problem.

“I would really like to see extra police officers on the road, extra folks doing surveillance to monitor suspects and collect data. I would really like to see extra investigators, to make it possible for all the knowledge wanted for investigations is collected,” he stated.

In addition to investments in police forces, the mayor stated he desires to commit cash from the town price range to social growth businesses — funding that historically comes from the federal authorities.

“We’re speaking about a couple of million {dollars},” he stated. “We are prepared to go additional and break this paradigm to help the mission of organizations.”

Boyer stated the town intends to work carefully with neighborhood organizations to cut back the variety of younger individuals who turn into concerned in crime.


The lockdown at College Montmorency completed shortly after midnight Friday. Approximately 500 college students and employees had barricaded themselves for a number of hours.

Four folks have been wounded Friday night following pictures at a close-by park. Three of them took refuge inside the school, inciting confusion and panic, and a lockdown was instated.

“Around 9:30 final evening, we quietly started deconfining courses in teams of 20 to 25 college students. There have been about 500 folks, college students and employees, to get out of the school, and after midnight we managed to get everybody out,” stated SPL spokesperson Geneviève Major.

Two 20-year-old males and a 19-year-old man have been transported to hospital with gunshot wounds. A fourth particular person suffered a minor shrapnel wound and was handled on the scene. Their lives usually are not at risk.

“At least one of many victims, a male in his 20s, is thought to our departments for a historical past of violence. At this time, the hyperlink between the victims and the suspect has but to be decided on the investigative degree,” stated Major.

Quebec Premier François Legault took to Twitter Friday evening and stated his authorities is carefully monitoring the scenario.

“The shooting near Montmorency College is troubling. François Bonnardel is in touch with legislation enforcement,” Legault stated in a tweet. “My ideas are with the victims and their family members. We will relentlessly struggle gun violence on our streets to preserve Quebec a protected place.”

Students and employees at one other Quebec school have been positioned on lockdown earlier within the day.

On Friday morning in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Montérégie, a 19-year-old man sporting a bulletproof vest was arrested at a junior school and has been charged with uttering threats. The college was put underneath lockdown. No one was injured.

There doesn’t seem to be a connection between the 2 occasions. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed in French on Nov. 12, 2022. 


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