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Laval, Que. mayor to hold a press conference on shooting near junior college

LAVAL, Que. – The mayor of the Montreal suburb of Laval, Que., is set to hold a news conference today to provide an update on a recent shooting near a local junior college.

Stéphane Boyer says he and local police chief Pierre Brochet will be on hand at 11 a.m. to discuss the Friday afternoon incident at a park near Collège Montmorency that left four people with non-life-threatening injuries.

Laval police say they received word of the shooting just before 5:30 p.m. Friday in that city’s Chomedey district.

Police spokesperson Sgt. Geneviève Major says the college was in lockdown until 9:30 p.m. Friday night when authorities began releasing classes in groups of 20 to 25, noting all 500 affected students and staff had been cleared out by around midnight.

Quebec Premier François Legault also took to Twitter to say his government is in contact with law enforcement about the shooting and he will work to fight gun violence.

The shooting came the same day as a junior college in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, south of Montreal, was put into lockdown for several hours after a 19-year-old man wearing a bulletproof vest was spotted on campus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 12, 2022.

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