Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has expressed concern over the recent increase in gun violence in the city, especially in Old Montreal. This follows a shooting in the Old Port in the early hours of Sunday morning, wherein three police officers on bicycles and the shooter, Adam Pichette, exchanged over 30 shots, injuring one officer, the shooter and three bystanders. Shots were also fired at a residential building in Pointe-aux-Trembles on Sunday night. La Presse reported yesterday that there have been 22 incidents involving gunfire in Montreal since June 20.
“I am concerned about the recent events involving firearms in Old Montreal and Pointe-aux-Trembles. We cannot accept that acts likely to injure or kill citizens occur in our neighbourhoods. I want to reassure Montrealers: We are taking the situation very seriously. We are implementing a whole series of actions to stem the problem of violent crime. Already, an increased police presence is assured and will be, in critical places and times, such as the closing of bars in Old Montreal. Investigations will be conducted promptly and the SPVM is deployed in the field with a view to awareness and prevention.”–Valérie Plante
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