The suspect allegedly assembled his weapon himself from information and parts available on the Internet.
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Abdulla Shaikh, the alleged perpetrator of the three gun murders committed in less than 24 hours in Montreal and Laval, had extremist tendencies when he was in a period of delirium.
According to our information, the 26-year-old suspect suffered from schizophrenia. He was particularly unstable due to his problems with cannabis use and his refusal to take the medications needed to control his mental illness.
In recent months, he is said to have spent countless hours on websites, frequented private groups on social media, and participated in radical chat rooms.
He would have liked to renounce his Canadian citizenship when he burned his passport at the Montreal airport in 2018. Remember that Abdulla Shaikh had been found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder by the court in this case.
On the morning of August 4, he was with a light automatic weapon resembling a Tec-9 or Uzi model, fitted with a high-capacity 9mm magazine, when he was shot by the Service's Task Force. of the City of Montreal.
It appears that the weapon in question was what is called a ghost gun (ghost gun in English) at the police because it was assembled by the suspect himself.
Investigators believe he acquired the knowledge to find the right parts and put them together to make a lethal weapon by scouring the internet and radical chat rooms, or even going on the web. hidden.
According to former police officer André Gélinas, most parts of a handgun can be purchased over the counter without a gun license.
Theghost gun, the main part is handcrafted. But all the other parts around, made of metal, those that allow it to work, ie the barrel, the slide, the magazine, etc., these are all parts that are not regulated. So people can get them without necessarily having a license to carry firearms, explains the retired sergeant and specialist in the use of firearms.
“Assembling a gun is very easy. There are plenty of tutorials available on the internet. Making the parts requires expertise. But if you have them all in your possession, it's a piece of cake to put them together to assemble the weapon. »
— André Gélinas, retired sergeant at SPVM
I myself am a handgun owner and member of a shooting club. If my wife wants to give me a present and buy me a new magazine, she can go to a gunsmith's shop without any problem, Mr. Gélinas said as an example. Free sale of the majority of firearm parts escapes the bill.
On August 19, the early entry into force of certain provisions of the bill the federal Liberal government's Bill C-21 will ensure that the import of handguns into Canada will be prohibited.
This is what escapes the cracks of the bill C-21. The sale, import, transfer and purchase of a handgun will be prohibited, but the parts that make up the weapon can be sold legally without a license to carry a weapon, added André Gélinas, sergeant at retired from the SPVM and former shooting instructor.
Recall that Abdulla Shaikh was shot dead by the SPVM Intervention Group after firing at least twice in the direction of police who surrounded him to arrest him at the Pierre motel in Saint-Laurent.