Police spokesperson reassured that all fifty-three children at a daycare are completely safe and sound after a shooting incident took place in the morning, leaving one dead. Gatineau police informed media sources that all the children, including 48 toddlers and 5 babies, were completely unhurt after the mid-morning scare at the Montessori daycare on Gamelin St. Sgt. Jean-Paul Lemay stated that “right now the 53 children are safe and sound. Everyone is okay,” and “none of the kids has been injured.”
Gatineau police was called in at the daycare centre with reports of gunshots at around 10:25 a.m. Lemay explained that “there were shots fired. We’re not talking about an exchange of fire,” and that since then “there has been one fatality and we are proceeding with a very careful investigation of the premises.” Additionally, he clarified that any explanation of the shooting, including details regarding the victim’s identity, will be “pure speculation.” He confirmed that “right now we have preliminary information and we have a lot of information to validate. We have an important investigation to make.”
Police assured that there was no further risk to area residents. It was explained that the daycare operates from two houses in the area, and that forty-eight toddlers were housed in one while the remaining five babies were in the other. The children sought refuge at another house down the street, whose owner agreed to provide shelter, while the police carried out its investigation at the scene. Paramedics are assisting in providing meals to the children while they await pick-up by anxious parents.
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