St. Michel: The land of gunfire

by christinem on February 17, 2013 - 11:04pm

On Friday the 15th of February 2013 at 5 p.m., a 35 year old man was the target of numerous gunshots. The victim was not injured in this incident and was transported to a hospital where he was kept because of the mental shock he endured. According to Paul Cherry’s article published on The Gazette‘s website on the 16th of February 2013, the incident took place at the residential area of 9th Avenue and Denis-Papin. Dany Richer, an SPVM police Constable states that the shooting could probably be related to street gang issues. Furthermore, La Presse revealed the identity of the victim. His name is James Bertrand and seems to be closely related to the famous gang leader Ducarme Joseph. According to another article written and published by CTV Montreal on the CTV news website, on the 16th of February 2013, twelve hours after the first incident, at 5 p.m., a second gunfire took place in the same residential area behind a Tim Horton’s located at the intersection of boulevard Jarry and boulevard Papineau. The police refused to give any additional information concerning this incident. Three years ago, I used to live at Villeray which is a residential area right next to where these two incidents happened. There is more than one elementary/secondary school and plenty of daycares at St.Michel. At 5p.m. Any child, teenager or adult could have been passing in this street. More than one person could have been severely injured or even dead. I believe that this is unacceptable and needs to stop. It’s more than street gangs issues, it’s about the lives of hundreds of people who live there, it’s about the future of many children who could someday be part of something they ignore, it’s about living this continual fear of never returning back home. It is not the first time that we hear of a shooting at St.Michel especially one related to street gangs. The government of Québec should invest more money for the security and the future of its population. With this money, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), could place more patrols in this district especially during the night. Also more serious and professional investigators are required since all these issues are related to street gangs and to the Mafia. In addition, the SPVM should start campaigns to spread awareness about street gangs and their danger in order to have more alert and educated citizens who would be more tempted to continue their education and find jobs instead of being part of a street gang.

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