A worker was busy Friday installing wood panels in broken windows by the bullets of the Caisse populaire Canadienne Italienne on boulevard Maurice-Duplessis.
Radio-Canada has learned that the young woman hit by a firearm projectile, in a parking lot in the Montreal borough of Rivière-des- Prairies, at the corner of Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard and 27th Avenue, was allegedly the victim of pointing (commonly known as scoring), a practice associated with street gangs.
Fortunately for her under the circumstances, she was slightly injured. The police do not fear for his life.
According to our information, the shooters used a medium caliber weapon (0.40 mm).
At least three police sources have claimed that the young woman has no criminal history and has no connection with the criminal underworld of street gangs.
The victim was targeted in the parking lot of the Caisse Desjardins Canadienne Italienne on Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard, when getting out of his car.
This is why major crime investigators favor currently the thesis of pointing as the motive for this attempted murder.
This practice associated with street gangs appeared in Montreal last year, on the sidelines of armed violence among young people. It consists of committing crimes in order to collect points on the territory of a rival gang. This phenomenon, known among American gangs, can even lead to murder; life has no value.
Following the shooting, the group of suspects fled the scene in a gray Elentra car.
They would have driven at breakneck speed on Henri-Bourassa Boulevard, running through all the red lights. It was enough for a car from the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) to chase them.
At the level crossing near Broadway Avenue, the driver lost control of his vehicle.
The SPVM officers were then able to arrest the two suspects, aged 18 and 23 respectively.
The authorities suspected that a third suspect had taken refuge in a wooded area near the scene of the tragedy. The SPVM then launched a major operation to find this person; the police eventually returned empty-handed after a 12-hour search.
Also according to our information, the suspects were hooded and wearing military-style bulletproof vests.
< p class="e-p">The two arrested suspects will have to answer several charges, in particular in connection with the possession of firearms. Other charges could be filed at the end of the investigation.
After the three victims killed by the alleged murderer Abdulla Shaikh, the death of Montreal North community worker Jayson Colin, and the young woman injured on Thursday evening, police officers are concerned to see the number of innocent victims accumulating in such a short time.
Over the past two years, the violence armed mainly involved individuals known to the police or who had relations with the criminal community.