Shooting at College in Montreal, Canada

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At least four people are dead and 13 wounded after a shooting at college in downtown Montreal. A recorded message at the college said two gunmen were killed, but police would confirm only one dead shooter. A SWAT team was in the college because "we believe there might be other suspects inside the Dawson College," a police spokesman said.

Montreal police confirmed that at least one suspect was "neutralized," but did not provide details on how the gunman died.

"Whether he did it to himself or not, I can't yet say," said spokesman Yan Lafrenière.

Television images showed police officers dragging a bloody body out of the main doors of the building, leaving a trail of blood on the street.

Students inside Dawson College told reporters they heard several shots in the building around 1 p.m. local time.

Eyewitnesses say they saw a tall skinny man, wearing a black trench coat and a Mohawk haircut, walk into the cafeteria carrying a large gun. He apparently fired several shots.

Student Michel Boyer sought shelter behind a reception desk after seeing a gunman and fleeing from the vicinity of the shootings.

"I thought this was fake, and it was just an excuse to get out of class," he told CBC Newsworld. "I did run away as soon as I did see that it was real."

His voice shaking, he added, "It was the most scary thing that has ever happened to me."

Boyer said he saw at least one man holding a gun.

"I'm only 19 and to have flashes of your life and the people that you love going by you, it should not be allowed."

Dawson College instructor Arielle Reid said she was in her office when the shooting began.

"I heard the shots and a student ran into my office," she told CBC Newsworld. "People don't know what is going on and they don't know what to do."

Hundreds of students fled the building, and the area was cordoned off. Police officers wearing bulletproof vests kept people away from the college.

"They're telling me, 'Go the other way, lady, you're in the line of fire,'" said CBC News reporter Nancy Wood at the scene.

Hundreds of officers surrounded the building in downtown Montreal, cordoning off a park facing the school, as well as the Alexis Nihon Plaza, a nearby shopping centre.

Police have finished combing the college floor by floor and room by room to secure the building, more than three hours after the first shots were heard. They've set up a security perimeter that spans Atwater, Sherbrooke and Maisonneuve streets.

Public transit officials have closed the subway system's green line, which serves Dawson College, in order to allow a SWAT team to sweep the underground stations.

During the shootings, students and staff sought refuge at nearby Concordia University.

The university's student union is running an emergency centre, where psychologists are on hand to assist Dawson students and staff.

Medical workers with a local CLSC health clinic are also at Concordia to provide advice and support to people fleeing the shooting scene.

Students and staff will be in shock and will experience symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.

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For those of us in Canada, but especially for those in Quebec, this shooting will be sure to raise chilling memories of 1989, when a 25-year-old man gunned down 14 women at Montreal's l'École Polytechnique before shooting himself. There was also the shooting at a high school in Taber, Alberta in 1999 just days after Columbine.

From what I saw on TV, Dawson college takes up an entire block and is located at the former site of an old convent. It has a student body of 10,000, between 15 and 20 years of age. I don't know much about the education system in Quebec because here in Ontario, high-school means grades 9 to 12. I know for sure that there are differences between a lot of securities policies (purchasing and selling of bonds, stocks, etc.) in Quebec and the rest of the country..they do things(everything pretty much) very differently in Quebec..separation anyone? The college is located very close to the Montreal Forum which is the former home of the city's professional hockey (NHL) team, the Montreal Canadiens.

I also saw an eye-witness who confirmed that the gunman was dressed in a black trench coat with black army boots and body pearcings (earings, presumably). She also said that the shooter was using an automatic weapon as did not have to stop and reload.
 

gagiz

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You guys might not believe me but i dont give a ****...but i was there.I saw the shooter get a huge assault rifle from his car, shoot a girl down, step over her body and went into the school.That is the college i will be going to next year, which is a bit freaky but will not affect my decision.It isnt some fkin gothic psycho that will decide where i go to school.After yesterday, my whole perspective of life changed.I prayed last night, and this morning, and prayed for all the people that were involved in this massacre. He couldbe easily seen me and shot at me, but fortunately he didnt.Ill give you guys some details on the shooter as the cops find some more info on the guy but for now they just know that he was part of this blog thing called vampirefreaks.com and that his fave video game was called the Columbine Massacre, :nape: and that he wanted to die in a ''hail of gunfire"...and he did that ****er.I am still traumatised today, and couldnt go to school because i just couldnt get those senseless, dispicable, foolish acts out of my head.I just cant talk about it, its like in my head its all mixed up, it may sound like all my points are all over the place i know but its just the way i am after yesterday, and it might take some time before i become a normal kid again. :nape:

RIP Anastasia De Sousa
 

CarlosDanger

Starting XI
Damn....gagiz that's some crazy :sb9:
You should probably get to some kind of post-traumatic counselling or something.


Were you ever a normal kid? :confused: (6)
 

gagiz

Senior Squad
Come on man its not time for this ****.I know i have been a bit stupid in the past but come on man, today isnt the time for those comments.I think i wont be able to look at Goths/Emos/Punks ever again...even though i know not all of them are like but its just not the same.Yes i got some counselling but there were thousands of other kids waiting for some to so it wasnt long, i think i need like a fkin ounce of grass to calm me down.Seriously i havnt been able to sleep in like 24+ hrs and i only stopped shaking several hours ago.And i think i hallucinated last night cuz i thought i saw some random black trenchcoat hung on a hook of my bedroom wall. I rubbed my eyes and it was gone.Or maybe it was just the fact that it was like 3am...who knows.Its ****ed up.Wheres that weed...
 

CarlosDanger

Starting XI
Sorry man! Seriously was just trying to add some levity to the situation. I apologize if it was too much for you.

In all honesty, I would talk about it if I were you. Talk to a real person and tell them how you're feeling. Go see a professional. These types of experiences are things that obviously have a profound effect on our lives. Someone who experiences these things, especially living in a "safe" environment like Canada, should really get some help. Not from student counsellors or whatever, but if that's all there is, then maybe you should start there.

I remember I saw a woman jump in front of the subway right in front of me when I was like 13 and I had nightmares for a long time. So I can't imagine what you're going through with this.
 

gagiz

Senior Squad
Well im going tommow to see a therapist and hopefully ill be ok. I know you didnt mean anything by your comments man its just right now...i dont know... :nape: I just feel so angry, if only the guy would still be alive today, id go and probably destroy him...and i mean like rip him apart with my bare hands.He's the reason im this way today, he changed my life, and i just wanna be a kid again, not live these things, party, hang out with friends, but no... :kader:
 

CarlosDanger

Starting XI
Well....I suggest you stay close to some family, people you love. Hang out with some friends....just anyone who can remind you of the good things in life and how fortunate we are to have them.

Steer clear of alcohol as that is a depressant and I would not smoke too much, although it might help to calm you if you feel jittery.

Definitely get some sleep and eat something healthy and go see that therapist.
 

Gerrard 17

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So you saw a guy get out his rifle from his car, set it up, then followed him inside the building and watched him shoot people?
 

gagiz

Senior Squad
Man seriously now when i look back i would would have, but the guy looked ***ing scary, no emotion on his face nothing, the guy was ready to die so what was i gonna do, at one point i tohught i was gonna faint, i felt like throwing up, and i was shaking uncontrollably as if it was -50 outside.I was glued to the ground and i crawled my way out and called the cops and my parents.

CarlosDanger thanks for the suggestions man i will get myself some help and my friends are coming over so its gonna be chill.I think i just have to talk about it since its such a huge event.Respeck!
 

gagiz

Senior Squad
No he shot a girl outside the school, walked over her as if nothing happened and went inside the school, i then crawled awa and ran 4 ma life.
 

Gerrard 17

Fan Favourite
In his profile on vampirefreaks.com, a website devoted to Goth culture, Gill called himself "Trench," and wrote: "You will come to know him as the Angel of Death."

"Work sucks ... School sucks ... Life sucks ... What else can I say?" he wrote. "Metal and Goth kick ass. Life is like a video game, you gotta die sometime."

http://vampirefreaks.com/


what a waste of life, i say we spam those freaks.
 

CarlosDanger

Starting XI
Man...I'm not a fan of Goth/Emo whatever the hell it's called.

I sure do feel for the administrators of that site. They are going to get spammed into the seventh ring (although I guess being Goth, they'd like that)

They have like 600,000 members.....
 

gagiz

Senior Squad
Gerrard i agree with you!What do they expect?Their culture involves death,skulls,devil and Marilyn Manson...but oh we're not freaks.fkers.Why cant they just be normal people...people make fun of them more now then when they were prolly normal, and i do say prolly.I went out tonight, i saw these two punk/emo kids talking about Gill as if he were their hero and like a fkin messiah...so i went up to them and told them off, they were lucky they were like 3 years younger then me or else i would have hit them with a fkin sign pole or something.emo dicks...if you wanna die so badly just by pass my house... it wont hurt much. :kader:
 


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