A Canadian soldier with an apparent grudge against Quebec's separatist premier, Rene Levesque, went on a shooting rampage in the provincial assembly building on May 8, killing three people and wounding fourteen others.
1. GV Policemen running towards Assembly building 0.09
2. GV Government employees running away from building (2 shots) 0.14
3. GV AND SVs Armed police surrounding building (4 shots) 0.31
4. CU Man speaking (SOT) 0.44
5. GVs Men carrying injured person on stretcher (2 shots) 0.50
6. GV Police running towards building 0.55
7. GV EXTERIOR radio station 0.59
8. CU Woman at radio station speaking (SOT) 1.03
9. SV Hostage being taken away after his release 1.09
10. GV Helicopter flying over government building 1.17
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 4):
MAN: "When I saw blood on the door I thought perhaps it was a person who was shot so I went in and she was lying on the floor, evidently shot so I went in and she was lying on the floor, evidently shot in the back and covered in blood obviously".
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 8):
WOMAN STATING CASSETTE MESSAGE: "Er...the arms that I have are to shoot and I will use them."
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Background: QUEBEC, CANADA
A Canadian soldier with an apparent grudge against Quebec's separatist premier, Rene Levesque, went on a shooting rampage in the provincial assembly building on May 8, killing three people and wounding fourteen others. Within minutes of the gunfire being heard, thousands of government employees were evacuated and police surrounded the legislature building. Police said the gunman, dressed in army uniform and later identified as Denis Lortie of the Canadian armed forces, had walked into the Assembly and opened fire with a sub-machinegun. People could be heard crying for help and a man who walked into the building soon after the shooting said he saw a woman lying on the floor "evidently shot in the back". A fleet of ambulances took the injured to a nearby hospital while police tried to negotiate the release of a hostage being held by the gunman. It remained unclear why the gunman opened fire. But a local radio station said a man dressed in a green camouflage uniform had gone there to deliver a tape cassette in an envelope, with orders not to open it before mid-morning. Station officials said it contained slightly vague and incoherent threats against the Quebec separatist government. Almost five hours after the start of the siege, the gunman released his hostage and surrendered. Police later carried out a detailed search of the building.
Source: VIA CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (U)