Previously published in Examiner
Part 5 of the school shootings series
Reaction from Montreal Families to the Dawson College Shootings
The families of all the victims who were shot by a madman were in shock but they are also angry. There was a public outcry in Quebec for stricter gun control, based on the fact that the then current federal administration was thinking of banning the proposed gun registry law.
The initial report
At first the police were looking for three possible gunmen. Later, it was determined by Montreal Police Chief Yvan Delorme that there was only one shooter. The shooter had three weapons, one of them was a semi-automatic carbine.
What caused this 25 year old gunman to go off on his murderous rampage? We will never know. At first it was believed that Kimveer Gill was killed by a Montreal police officer Denis Côté, while trying to flee the scene. It was later confirmed during the autopsy that Kimveer Gill was shot in the arm and then turned his own gun on himself. The police found the gunman’s black Pontiac Sunfire, parked close to the school, and later searched the house where he lived with his parents, removing a computer and other belongings. It was also confirmed that this same Pontiac Sunfire was parked at Dawson as much as a month before the shooting. The autopsy report revealed that the murders were premeditated, a suicide note was found on his body.
The ironic part of all this is that the gunman, 25 year old Kimveer Gill, had passed the government safety tests and was a licensed gun owner. He was also a member of two different gun clubs here in Quebec.
Marco Pendenza, an employer at one of the gun clubs stated “Belonging to a gun club doesn’t make you a criminal,” Pendenza added. “You can’t control someone going nuts.”
What makes a person like Kimveer Gill into a murderer? What would send him over the edge? The neighbours reported that Kimveer was a loner. Even the parents of Kimveer Gill could not answer that question. They too were shocked that he would do such a thing. They told the police that he lived in secrecy and they had no knowledge of his private life. In the house search the police found, firearms, manuals and two letters, one praising the Columbine killers and the other, an apology note to his parents.