A 24-year-old man was arrested in the night from Sunday to Monday, in Longueuil, following a shooting in which a stray bullet shattered a window of the Pierre-Boucher Hospital.
The events took place a little after midnight, on Boulevard Béliveau, near the intersection of Boulevard Jacques-Cartier Est.
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According to the authorities, the suspect and the victim are two acquaintances who met there for a reason still unknown.
At one point, the suspect allegedly drew a long gun and opened fire at his rival, a 30-year-old man, who miraculously escaped unharmed.
At least four shots were fired with a “long gun”, authorities said. One of the projectiles would have crossed more than 200 meters, before going to smash one of the windows on the third floor of the Pierre-Boucher Hospital where there is a waiting room of the ophthalmology department.
Fortunately, no one was injured.
The suspect fled by car after the crime, but was quickly located a few miles away. A long weapon was also found in his vehicle.
The searches to find the suspect were facilitated since at this time, the roads were practically deserted, due to the curfew in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The motive behind the shooting remains a mystery. “The victim in this case does not collaborate much with us,” said agent Jean-Pierre Voutsinos, spokesperson for the Longueuil police.
As for the suspect, he was met by investigators during the night and during the morning. He was scheduled to appear at the Longueuil courthouse on Monday on charges of unauthorized possession of a firearm, carrying a weapon for a dangerous purpose and recklessly discharging a firearm.