Fifty-three children escaped unharmed after a gunman entered a Gatineau, Que., day-care centre on Friday, in an incident that left two people dead according to local police.
Gatineau police have confirmed that one day-care employee and the gunman were found dead after police responded to shots fired inside an in-house day care at 225 rue Gamelin on Friday morning. No children were injured at the day-care centre.
Chief Mario Harel said police were investigating whether the incident was connected to domestic trouble involving the parents of one of the children, but that nothing was confirmed at this time. He said police arrived at the scene to find the gunman dead and a firearm nearby.
"Our thoughts are with the families and all the people who are touched by these tragic events," he said in a press conference.
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Parents rushed to the scene following the incident and were reunited with their children.
“It’s terrifying to hear that a gunman goes into a day-care, it’s always terrifying,” one parent told the Canadian Press. “Every parent’s worst nightmare.”
"It is scary, terrifying. But (police) told us everything is under control," another father told reporters as he held his young son.
Gatineau police confirmed on Twitter that all children were safe
and accounted for. The identity of the deceased
has not been confirmed.
Nous confirmons qu'il y a eu un mort suite aux coups de feux tirés sur la rue Gamelin. #Gatineau— PoliceGatineau (@PoliceGatineau) April 5, 2013
— PoliceGatineau (@PoliceGatineau) April 5, 2013
Harel said that officers would continue to investigate the tragic incident. He added that support would be provided for children and parents scarred by the day's events.