Montreal – August 5, 2022
Montreal police (SPVM) have shot and killed a man this morning, that is suspected in several shootings.
Montreal police say that officers have shot and killed a suspect at a motel on Marcel-Laurin Boulevard in the Saint-Laurent borough on Thursday morning, following a spate of seemingly random shootings in and around the city. Police arrived on scene at 7am and approached where they believed their suspect was hiding.
Police were confronted by armed 26-year-old man during operation, and responded with gun fire, hitting him with at least one bullet.
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Investigators believe the 26-year-old suspect, Abdulla Shaikh, was involved in three shootings in less than 48 hours in Montreal and Laval. Two of the three took place roughly an hour apart, on Tuesday night.
As a result of Shaikh’s death, there are now two investigations: one looking into the three fatal shootings on Tuesday and Wednesday that has now been taken over by the Sûreté du Québec’s major crimes unit, and another that will focus the actions of Montreal police (SPVM) during the operation that killed the suspect.
One of the three victims in Montreal was 64-year old André Lemieux, who was killed in the Saint-Laurent borough -father of star Montreal professional boxer David Lemieux, 48-year old Mohamed Salah Belhaj, whose body was found in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough – a 22-year old named Alexis Levis-Crevier, shot in Laval, while riding his skateboard.
There doesn’t appear to be any motive behind the seemingly random killings, and police do not believe that there is any kind of gang relation or connection to organized crime involved. An investigation into these matters is still underway and details are scarce at this time.
That investigation will be taken over by Quebec’s police watchdog, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI).