MONTRÉAL, September 13, 2006 - Yvan Delorme, director of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), and Gérald Tremblay, mayor of Montréal, held a press conference with representatives of hospital services, Urgences-santé and Dawson College at 9:15 PM this evening.
"Today's events have been devastating for everyone. I extend my sympathies to the victims and other people touched by these events, for the trials you faced today. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the affected families," said SPVM director Yvan Delorme.
SPVM police officers, who had arrived on the scene in response to an unrelated matter, spotted the suspect and immediately gave chase. Reinforcements soon arrived, enabling them to surround him.
Twenty people were injured in the incident, including one who succumbed to injuries inside Dawson College. The 19 other victims were taken to hospital by Urgences-santé or went there on their own.
A single suspect, now deceased, was behind the shooting. He was hit by a police bullet. As required by the ministerial policy for such situations, the investigation has been transferred to Sûreté du Québec to determine the motives and uncover the proof needed to establish the circumstances surrounding the event.
"I really want to thank all our partners who worked with us today," continued Director Delorme. "Everyone worked together to respond as effectively as possible to this situation, which demanded the coordination of several different types of expertise."
Over the next few days, the SPVM will provide support and expertise to the schools, colleges and universities. "We feel that students who attend these educational institutions really deserve the opportunity study in peace and security," he added. "I also want to reassure our citizens that what happened here today was an isolated event. Montréal is and will continue to be a safe city."
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