As police investigate the shooting incident that occurred during Quebec
premier-elect Pauline Marois' victory speech, the suspect has been
identified as Richard Henry Bain.
CTV News has learned the 62-year-old suspect runs a fishing camp near the ski resort Mont Tremblant.
Police said one man was killed and another was injured when gunfire
erupted at the Metropolis concert hall on St. Catherine Street in
downtown Montreal late Tuesday night.
CTV Montreal reports that Denis Blanchette, believed to be a freelance
technician hired to work at the election-night event, died of his
When the shooting took place, Marois was delivering what was supposed
to be a historic speech as Quebec’s first woman premier. Provincial
bodyguards had to usher the new premier offstage.
"The shooter also managed to throw some kind of Molotov cocktail,
lighting a fire in the venue," CTV News Channel’s Todd van der Heyden
reported Wednesday morning.
A 62-year-old man was arrested on scene. The alleged gunman was
overheard shouting “the English are waking up" in French but with an
English accent as he was taken into police custody.
It’s believed that the alleged shooter managed to get inside Metropolis via a back entrance.
Police said two weapons were seized at the scene. Investigators
declined to give information on the types of weapons involved for fear
of influencing witnessrecollection.
About 15 witnesses have been interviewed, Lt. Guy Lapointe of the
Surete du Quebec said at a Wednesday morning press conference. The
suspect is also due for questioning.
Surete du Quebec, the province’s police force, is working with Montreal
police to determine whether Marois was an intended target.
“At this point, we can’t establish whether or not the elected premier was a target,” Lapointe told reporters on Wednesday.
Investigators said they also plan to search the suspect’s vehicle for
any possible accelerants. The gunman is believed to have acted alone.
A photo of the suspect posing with Celine Dion in January after he won
an auction bid to meet the singer in Las Vegas also surfaced Wednesday.
The shooting led to the displacement of four or five families who live
near Metropolis. It’s unclear when they will be able to return to their
In a statement issued to CTV News, the office of Prime Minister Stephen
Harper offered condolences to those affected by the shooting.
“We are deeply concerned with the violence that occurred and our
thoughts are with the victims and their families,” the statement read.
Police said Wednesday morning that the victim remains in hospital.
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