Witnesses say that 25-year-old Kimveer Gill looked angry and “like he really wanted to kill people” when he stormed into the cafeteria at Dawson College in Montreal yesterday, wearing a long black trenchcoat and carrying an automatic rifle and two other guns. “It was like a burst,” said a student of Gill’s random shooting of students, “like at least six shots in two seconds.” Said another student, “He didn’t yell out any slogans or anything. He just started opening fire. He was a cold-blooded killer.”
Inside, the cafeteria was transformed for 15 minutes into a shooting gallery in a scene eerily reminiscent of the city’s 1989 Ecole Polytechnique massacre in which 14 women were killed. The gunman took cover behind a row of vending machines and exchanged gunfire with police while petrified students dropped to the floor in an effort to elude the barrage of bullets. Surrounded by police, he repeatedly barked a single order each time the officers inched toward him: “Get back! Get back!” The exchange ended with the attacker slumped on the floor, collapsed in a hail of gunfire.
A young woman was killed and 19 were wounded, some critically. Reports of how the shooter was killed are conflicting. The chief of police says his officers killed him; witnesses say Gill shot himself in the head after a police bullet hit him in the leg. (680News, The Gazette, My Way)