The mayor of Anjou is urging the city of Montreal to increase police presence in his neighborhood after a shooting on Thursday that left a 20-year-old man dead and a teenager injured.
“I have some evenings here where I have no officers on the road at all, so [Mayor Valérie Plante] have to do something about it, “said Luis Miranda, the mayor of eastern Montreal.
Around. At 7.15pm, Montreal police were called to the intersection of des Roseraies Boulevard and de la Nantaise Avenue, near the Galeries d’Anjou shopping center, after hearing reports of gunfire.
When officers arrived, they found the 20-year-old inside a parked car on a nearby cul-de-sac. The man was unconscious and injured in the upper body. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
Officers also found a 17-year-old nearby with minor upper body injuries. He was taken to hospital but has since been released. The teenager is known to the police and is cooperating in the investigation.
Miranda called the incident unfortunate and said more police patrols would likely help stop the violence. He urges the city to let him reinstate Anjou’s own security services.
“It’s a shame. More and more things are happening, I can not understand how [a] children’s lives do not seem to count, have no price, “he said.
“I’m not asking the city to pay, I’m paying for them.”
‘People are scared’
Montreal police say the homicide squad is investigating, but the motive for Thursday’s shooting is still unknown.
Carlos Rodrigues, who has lived in the neighborhood for 45 years, saw the consequences of the shooting on his own. His son heard the shots, and then the couple went outside to see what was going on.
“What happened was that I saw a man already lying on the floor with someone… trying to revive the child,” he said.
The man performing the CPR asked Rodrigues’ son to compress the wounds to stop the bleeding.
That’s when Rodrigues says he saw the man’s face, which was already “white as a ghost, and his eyes wide open but no longer moving.”
Rodrigues says the neighborhood, which was once generally quiet and peaceful, has changed in the last few years.
“We are scared, people are scared around here,” he said, calling for more action from the city to combat the violence.
Karim Adi, who also lives in the neighborhood, said he is worried he or someone he loves could get caught in the crossfire.
“I’m scared,” he said. “It can happen to anyone, a [stray] ball.”
The death marks the 32nd homicide in territory covered by Montreal police this year.