One dead and three injured in shooting at Anjou party

Police tape in Montreal. Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette files One man is dead and three others are injured following a shooting at a reception hall in Anjou.Multiple shots were heard shortly after midnight on Sunday, both inside and outside the hall where a party was taking place.A 31-year-old man died in hospital overnight, said Montreal police spokesperson Raphaël Bergeron. This is the 17th...

Groups call for consultations as Montreal police beef up arsenal

The Montreal police department is seeking 49 assault rifles for its Groupe tactique d'intervention or SWAT team, according to a city public tender document. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette With Montreal police set to buy more powerful assault rifles, 25 local groups are renewing their call for public consultations on the force’s intervention methods and weaponry.The Montreal police department...

Police fear for safety of 17-year-old missing from Rivière-des-Prairies

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Yudits Rachel Ventura Guerra is asked to call 911. SPVM Montreal police are asking for the public’s help in locating Yudits Rachel Ventura Guerra, 17, who disappeared from her home in Rivière-des-Prairies Wednesday morning.Ventura Guerra has black hair and brown eyes, stands 5-foot-3 and weighs just over 120 pounds.Police say they have reason to...

Street fight in Plateau leaves man injured

Police tape in Montreal. Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette files A man received cuts to his upper body from a sharp object during a fight that broke out at Papineau and Mont-Royal Aves. early Sunday.Police were called to the scene after a call was placed to 911 at about 3:30 a.m.The 33-year-old victim was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for the injuries, which were not...

‘We have work to do’: Montreal police commit to action on racial profiling

Days after the city council unanimously passed a motion demanding Montreal police end the practice of baseless street checks, the department said it could address the issue by March 2021.Chief Inspector Marc Charbonneau presented the city with five commitments to address a recent study that found “systemic bias” against minorities in the city. Beyond changes to the intervention policy, the...

Montreal police seek two suspects in connection with nightclub blaze

Video surveillance images from outside the Soubois nightclub on April 1 depict two suspects. SPVM / YouTube Montreal arson investigators have released video surveillance images of two suspects in connection with the probe of a deliberately set fire at a downtown nightclub in April.No one was injured in the April 1 blaze at the Soubois nightclub on de Maisonneuve Blvd., near Peel St.The fire came...

Awards recognize police who saved baby, disarmed attacker

"My heart was beating fast but I kept thinking, 'I have to save it, I have to save the baby,'" says Ringo Launière, an officer on the Innu territory of Mashteuiatsh. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette As he fled police on foot, the man forced his way into a stalled car and held an elderly woman at knifepoint.The two officers had tried shooting him with a Taser but their projectiles deflected off...