Pellet gun provokes panic at Mont de LaSalle School

Laval police dossier:

$20,000 smartphone robbery; car set ablaze

By Robert Frank

Laval police were called École Mont de LaSalle in Laval des Rapides, Jan. 14, on concerns that one of its students was in possession of a firearm.

“It ended up being a pellet gun,” Const. Franco di Genova told The Suburban in an interview.

“Two young men, about 16-17 years of age, started a fight over a young woman,” he recalled. “After it ended, one of the youths showed one of his friends what seemed to be a handgun.”

“Word got around and police were called,” he said. “Students were asked to remain in class and stay out of police officers’ way, but the school was not locked down.”

Investigators found the pellet gun outside the school.

“Police officers and detectives met the student,” Const. di Genova continued. “The pellet gun was never pointed at anyone. He just showed it to his friend.”

It is not illegal in Canada to own low-velocity, compressed air and carbon dioxide powered pellet guns, and there was no evidence of a threat.

“No charges have been laid,” Const. di Genova affirmed, adding that the Laval School Board might have administrative rules that bar students from bringing pellet guns on campus.

Smartphones stolen

On Jan. 12, thieves broke into the Bell Mobility boutique at a shopping centre in Sainte Dorothée located at 916 Highway 13.

“Around 5:30-6 a.m., passersby on their way to work saw two suspects who broke in after they forced open the back door,” said Const. di Genova.

“After they entered, they grabbed 40 smartphones worth about $20,000 and fled,” he said. “The witnesses have given us a basic description of the suspects.”

Car torched

At about 1:30 a.m., Jan 11, neighbours heard what a sounded to them like a bang at 89 Giroux, near the corner of Cartier, in Laval des Rapides.

“The spotted a Pontiac Vibe on fire and called 911,” said Const. di Genova. “Police and firefighters were dispatched.”

“Once firefighters extinguished the blaze, they found a jerry can and transferred the case to police investigators.”

“They have determined that this was indeed a criminally set fire.”

No description of the suspect is available.

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