18-year-old shot through window at Laval library

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Police say shots were fired through the window of the Philippe-Panneton Library Monday night. (Kate McKenna/CBC - image credit)
Police say shots were fired through the window of the Philippe-Panneton Library Monday night. (Kate McKenna/CBC - image credit)

An 18-year-old man is expected to survive after being shot through a window in a Laval library.

Police say they were called to the Philippe-Panneton Library on Arthur-Sauvé Boulevard by multiple 911 calls around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Multiple shots were fired from the outside into the library through a window. The 18-year-old, who was inside, was struck in the lower body and transported to hospital.

Police say the young man is known to them and will be interviewed by investigators Tuesday.

Laval mayor Stéphane Boyer said he was concerned about the incident, which he claims was gang-related.

"Was he there to read, or was he escaping a situation and trying to hide in the library?" he asked. "I think these are some of the questions we'll be asking during the investigation."

Boyer said his thoughts are with the citizens and the staff who were in the library at the time.

"It's not something that should have happened," Boyer said. "It's not something we want to see happen again."

Officers have gathered eye-witness reports and surveillance footage. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Laval police.

The library will remain closed Tuesday as the investigation continues.

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