By Robert Frank
Police homicide investigators continue to probe the shooting death of a 30-year-old man in Ste. Dorothée, Sept. 7—Laval’s first murder of 2014.
“We received several 911 calls, starting at 2:27 a.m.,” Const. Franco di Genova told The Suburban. “When we learned that a firearm was involved, every available unit converged on the scene.”
“What seemed to have started with a verbal dispute ended up in a fight in the bar’s parking lot,” he said in an interview. “Fists were flying and the next thing you know, shots were fired. The victim was hit at least once in the upper body.”
Firefighters from the fire station across the street tried unsuccessfully to revive the victim.
By 4:30 a.m., police brought a city bus to the scene at the corner of Principale and Hôtel de Ville streets, where they sheltered about a dozen young men and women who had witnessed what happened. Officers took their written statements, while other investigators combed the scene for clues.
“The four people who were apparently involved, including the victim, ranged in age from 30-35,” Const. di Genova continued. “That evening, the suspect, 32, showed up at Laval Police headquarters with his lawyer.”
After investigators arrested him, they transported him to hospital, where doctors treated him for an unspecified illness before he returned for questioning the following morning.
“He has not yet been charged,” Const. di Genova explained. “He was released because investigators still want to review some witness statements to confirm certain details that remain unclear.”
“The murder was Laval’s first in 2014,” he said. “In 2009, we investigated seven murders; 2010 and 2011 saw three murders each; and there were five murders here in 2013.”
Kleptomaniac arrested for 40th theft
An alert Sears’ security official spotted a 50-year-old St. Laurent woman allegedly stealing two gold bracelets worth $2,700 at Carrefour Laval, Sept. 10.
“The woman visited the jewelry counter at 3:39 p.m. and asked to see two gold bracelets,” Const. di Genova reported. “The saleswoman complied and brought out the whole tray. While she served someone else for about a minute, the suspect took two other bracelets out of her own purse, put the fakes in the tray and left with the genuine bracelets.”
“Sears has security cameras and their official witnessed the whole act,” he added. “The constables who wrote up the report discovered that she had previously been found guilty of 39 thefts since 1986.”
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