Two little girls are playing outside in a residential area of Laval. Suddenly, a black Cadillac approaches, a few meters from the children. Then, shots. A man receives a projectile from a gun in front of their eyes.
This is the disturbing scene filmed by surveillance cameras in the area where another shooting took place on Tuesday afternoon in Laval. The sequence transmitted by a resident of the district to La Presse shows that children were a few meters from the victim.
“During the day, I never saw that,” says Ioan Palut, a local resident who has lived in Laval for 32 years. ” This is serious. »
This shooting that occurred in the early afternoon in the middle of a residential area is the third to shake Laval since Sunday, causing insecurity among residents.
A conflict between two street gangs is at the origin of these multiple episodes of violence, learned La Presse from various sources revolving around the criminal world.
Emergency services received a call shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday for gunshots on rue Normandin, near boulevard Le Carrefour, in the Chomedey sector. The suspect or suspects fired from a vehicle before fleeing, according to the Service de police de Laval (SPL), which was unable to provide a description of the vehicle.
The victim, a 33-year-old man, was hit in the leg and taken to hospital. We don’t fear for our life.
The victim is known to police circles. She pleaded guilty to weapons possession and assault with a weapon in 2011, then was arrested for breaching conditions in 2013. She was banned from owning a weapon for 10 years.
In images shown to La Presse by a resident, we see what appears to be a black Cadillac car following the victim’s vehicle, then passing in front of it while she parks.
On the third pass, a gun can be seen coming out of the passenger side window to fire at the victim, who is getting out of his car with a young woman.
Another video captures the sound of several shots and the cries of pain of the man targeted, visibly stunned. “That’s not even true, who is it?” “, can we hear him vociferate before seeing him take refuge under a balcony. “I saw it in addition, man, fuck!” »
“I heard the shots,” said Mike Massaad, who was starting his motorcycle a few dozen meters away on rue Beauregard. “At least three, followed by a woman who screamed. […] Three minutes later, the police arrived from both sides. He also heard the shots on the night of Saturday to Sunday, when another shooting left one dead and injured not far from there. “I don’t know if it’s related or not […], I’ve seen incidents like this many times, it’s still shocking. It tells me that there is something going on. »
Bullets fired in a residential area where children are having fun. The murder of an innocent man who came to attend a family celebration. Disputes on social networks, responses in the street. A sadly familiar scenario is playing out in Laval, where several shootings, including a fatal one, broke out earlier this week.
Tuesday’s event is similar to the day before. Several shots were fired on Avenue Dumouchel, in the Chomedey sector, on Monday shortly after 2 p.m.
Since Sunday, provocations have been circulating on social networks, he says.
“Zone 2 tried to pop [shoot] us at PSM [Place Saint-Martin, un HLM],” reads a temporary post on Instagram relayed by many people on social media.
Zone 2 refers to the Flamed Head Boys street gang in Laval-des-Rapides, while Zone 3 represents their enemies in Chomedey, a criminal source told La Presse. The two groups are embroiled in a long-standing violent conflict.
Internet users swearing allegiance to Laval gangs reacted to Monday’s shootings on social networks. “You aim like shit,” one of them taunted in an Instagram post on Tuesday night, sharing a newspaper article chronicling the shooting. “Ten sockets not one, not two. Ten shells and it didn’t even hit any of us,” laughs another.
This new outbreak of violence has already cost the life of an innocent man, Junior Lemoyne Printemps. Last Sunday, he and four members of his family were targeted at the end of a party organized in the Paragon reception hall, in the Chomedey district.
The 28-year-old victim was not known to the police and had no criminal record. The resident of Montreal North juggled between his profession as a barber and a job as a security guard at Garda.
At the salon L’Addict, a barber shop in the Rosemont district where the deceased worked, several messages pay him a last tribute.
“You were a good one, you didn’t deserve this,” “The sweetest, kindest spirit,” reads a sign posted on the storefront.
“He was a guy with an infectious smile, full of good intentions,” describes Sammy-Jo Joseph, his colleague at the hair salon.
He never had any trouble with anyone, she lamented. In the living room, the empty chairs spoke volumes on Tuesday morning. “We’re trying to keep our spirits up. We were several to take the day on Monday. But you have to keep your head up and smile, because that’s what Junior would have wanted, ”continued the young woman.
Junior Lemoyne Printemps died instantly while a 14-year-old boy was seriously injured. Their Dodge Charger was riddled with bullets, on the driver’s side, just a hundred yards from the parking lot. Two of the other three passengers suffered minor injuries from flying glass.
According to our information, the deceased is a member of the family of Jemsley Olivier Printemps Sanon. Better known by his stage name JPS, the man in his twenties is a member of the Flamed Head Boys street gang, according to various law enforcement sources.
He was also present at the Paragon reception hall the evening of the murder, confide two men who revolve around the criminal world.
It is not known, however, whether Printemps Sanon was the person targeted by the shots that evening.
For the moment, the insecurity of the residents is rising.
“I’ve lived here since 2003 and it’s not nice to see what’s going on here,” said Peter Karampatos, a resident interviewed Tuesday about the most recent shooting. “I always felt like I lived in a safe city, in a safe neighborhood, and I want that to continue. But we want to see more leadership right now, because it’s getting a little out of control. »