The suspect linked to three murders which took place in Montreal and Laval had been located at the motel Pierre, in Saint-Laurent.
The man believed to be involved in the three murders since Tuesday in Montreal and Laval has been shot dead by authorities. He was known to police due to mental health issues, according to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
The suspect, Abdulla Shaik, was shot dead during a search carried out by the tactical intervention group of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) Thursday morning, around 7 a.m., at the Pierre motel, located on Marcel-Laurin boulevard, in Montreal.
The 26-year-old man, who was in his hotel room at the time of the operation, was in possession of a firearm. Shots were reportedly fired before he was hit by a projectile. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities had located the man hours before responding. His vehicle, a white Dodge Challenger, had been identified by the police.
The suspect is not linked to organized crime and acted alone, according to the SQ. This is someone for whom the SPVM had intervened in connection with mental health calls, explained Sergeant Audrey-Anne Bilodeau, spokesperson for the SQ.
Difficult, at this stage, to suggest that the actions perpetrated are linked to these problems, she said.
A police search took place early Thursday morning at the Pierre motel in Saint-Laurent, Montreal.
Wednesday evening, a young man in his twenties was killed while skateboarding on boulevard Clermont, in the Laval-des-Rapides sector. Officers from the Laval Police Department pronounced him dead upon arriving at the scene.
The previous night, two men, aged 64 and 48 respectively, were killed less than an hour apart in Saint-Laurent and the neighboring borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Montreal. One of the two victims, André Fernand Lemieux, was the father of Quebec boxer David Lemieux.
The same modus operandi, a bullet fired at the head, was observed in the three victims. The last I heard, the police had not ruled out the thesis of gratuitous murders.
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The investigation into the three murders has been entrusted to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), while the Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI) will handle of Thursday morning's police intervention.
The SPVM will collaborate in this investigation, indicated its director, Sophie Roy, during a press briefing. However, she declined to give more information so as not to harm the investigation.
“All of the gendarmerie and SPVM intelligence investigation units worked day and night on a major investigation to elucidate these murders. This is what allowed us to have a quick resolution to the situation. »
— Sophie Roy, director of the SPVM
The Acting Director of the Police Department of the City of Montreal, Sophie Roy, offered her condolences to the families of the victims.
A security device was put in place on Tuesday in the various neighborhoods of Montreal to ensure the protection of citizens, she added.
The murders committed have affected us all, police and citizens alike. The safety of Montrealers is at the heart of our concerns, she assured.
The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, described these murders as tragic, before commending the work of the police. For the mayor, the last 48 hours have been difficult for the populations of Montreal and Laval.