Four wounded in shooting near Canada college

Published : 12 Nov 2022 09:19 PM

A shooting that sent four people to  hospital and another gun-related incident forced thousands of students at two  Montreal area colleges to go into lockdown on Friday.

At 5:30 pm local time (2230 GMT), gunshots rang out at a park across the  street from Montmorency College in the Montreal suburb of Laval, police  spokeswoman Genevieve Major told AFP. Four people who had been shot sought refuge at the college and were later  taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The college, which is attended by nearly 10,000 students and faculty,  remained locked down into the evening as police swarmed the area in search of  the shooter.

Mayor Stephane Boyer tweeted that a police operation was "underway", while  television footage showed parents of students crowding the roads around the  college after they rushed to the scene.

Earlier, a 19-year-old man wearing a bulletproof vest was arrested at a  junior college 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Montreal and charged with  allegedly uttering threats. Students and staff at the Cegep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu told local media  they were ordered to barricade themselves in classrooms and turn off the  lights for most of the day, while a police operation unfolded outside.

"At the beginning we were very scared," student Alejandra Montequin told 

Canadian broadcaster Global News. "It was very tense, people were talking to 

their parents."

Quebec Public Security Minister Francois Bonnardel said in a Twitter post 

that the students in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu had "experienced a difficult 

situation today."

"I'm relieved at the turn of events," he said, adding that he would wait for 

the results of the police investigation "to fully understand what happened."