Quebec Election Shooting: Investigators Search For Threats Through Social Media

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Police work on the crime scene outside the Metropolis in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP)
Police work on the crime scene outside the Metropolis in Montreal on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP)

Authorities are sifting through social networks for past threats and clues in addition to online comments regarding last night's fatal shooting at the Parti Quebecois victory party, CBC reports.

The shooting occurred during Quebec premier-elect Pauline Marois' victory speech, just before midnight, at Montreal's Métropolis concert hall. It left one man dead, another injured, and a third man received hospital treatment for shock. Police arrested a 62-year-old suspect outside the building.

Provincial police have begun investigating a tip stating a Parti Quebecois member got a threat before the shooting, and social media users are flagging suspicious or inflammatory remarks for the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

This kind of speech can make things worse, one tweet conveys in French, pointing to another Twitter user's statement.


Pascal Laflamme
genre discours qui peut mettre le feu aux poudres

Another references a disturbing Facebook post.


Charles Lafortune
Can you investigate over that please. I’d like to have followup on that please

On Reddit, users have singled out two seemingly recent comments allegedly made on Facebook; one apparently threatens "enemy" separatists, while another looks as though it makes reference to an attempt on Marois' life.

The SPVM will pass submitted tips on to investigators.


Police Montréal
Thank you to those who send us informations in connection to the Metropolis event. These infos are forwarded to the investigators.

While several distasteful remarks have been identified, many social media networks have seen messages of condolences for the victims, in addition to pleas for compassion and understanding.

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