[ 2006-09-14 14:14 ]
A man in
a black trench coat opened fire Wednesday at a downtown Montreal college,
slaying a young woman and wounding at least 19 other people before police
shot and killed him, witnesses and authorities said.
flee the scene of a school shooting at Dawson College in Montreal
September 13, 2006. [Reuters]
dismissed suggestions that terrorism played a role in the lunch-hour
attack at Dawson College, where scores of panicked students fled into the
streets after the shooting began. Some had clothes stained with blood;
others cried and clung to each other. Two nearby shopping centers and a
daycare center also were evacuated.
Witnesses said the attacker started firing outside the college before
walking in the front door.
Much of the shooting was in the
second-floor cafeteria, where students dropped to the floor and lay in
terror. At times the gunman hid behind vending
machines before emerging to take aim - at one point at a
teenager who tried to photograph him with his cell phone. Teachers ran
through the halls, telling everyone to get out of the building.
Police rushed to the scene, hiding behind a wall as they exchanged fire
with the gunman, whose back was against a vending machine, said student
Andrea Barone, who was in the cafeteria. He said the officers proceeded
cautiously because many students were trapped around the assailant, who
yelled "Get back! Get back!" every time an officer tried to move closer.
Eventually, Barone said, the gunman went down in hail of gunfire.
Authorities did not provide any information about the attacker. Police
spokesman Ean Lafreniere said there was just one gunman at the school and
the search for any others was over.
Although police initially suggested the gunman had killed himself,
Police Director Yvan DeLorme later said at a news conference that "based
on current information, the suspect was killed by police."