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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Massad

Homicide at the Rockland Center: the SPVM arrests the alleged shooter in Vancouver

The Major Crimes Section of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) has arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of a 44-year-old man in the parking lot of the Center Rockland, in Mont-Royal, on August 23. The suspected shooter, a 33-year-old man, was arrested in Vancouver with the cooperation of local authorities.

Investigators have also arrested another suspect in Ottawa, the alleged driver of the vehicle that was used in the execution of this murder. He is a 27 year old man. The latter and the alleged shooter will be repatriated to Montreal and will appear to face charges of first degree murder. Both suspects are connected to organized crime.

“The Montreal population’s sense of security was affected on August 23, when two firearm homicides were perpetrated in broad daylight, half an hour apart," said SPVM Acting Director Sophie Roy in a press release. "Today, thanks to the rigorous work of investigators and specialized teams, we are pleased to be able to confirm the arrests in connection with the first event that occurred at the Rockland Centre. As for the Saint-Denis Street homicide, I can confirm that the police investigation is ongoing and that our investigators are stepping up their efforts to resolve it,”

Summary of the facts:

On August 23, 2022, around 1 p.m., a 44-year-old man was fatally shot in the parking lot of Center Rockland, in Mount Royal. Immediately after the gunshots, a Mazda 6 storms off the crime scene. The vehicle was found burned the next day.

On August 23, 2022, around 1:30 p.m., a 51-year-old man seated at a restaurant on rue Saint-Denis, in the Latin Quarter, was hit by a projectile and succumbed to his injuries. The suspect immediately fled on foot.

At present, the evidence collected by the investigators does not establish a link between these two events. The Major Crimes Section will continue its work to elucidate everything.


Public cooperation

The cooperation of the population was useful in resolving the homicide committed at the Rockland Centre. The SPVM thanks citizens for their cooperation and encourages them to share any information relating to the murder committed on rue Saint-Denis. Do not hesitate to contact 911 or your local station. It is also possible to communicate anonymously and confidentially with Info-Crime Montréal at 514 393-1133 or via the reporting form available on the website.

Let us continue to unite our efforts in the fight against armed violence.


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