Quebec to announce funding for crime prevention as Montreal police probe shooting

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As Montreal police investigate the latest murder of a young man in the city, the provincial government said on Friday it would announce funding for crime prevention programs later this week.

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Public Security Minister Genevieve Guillebault offered his condolences to the family and friends of a 20-year-old man who was shot on Thursday evening.

Quebec has announced millions in recent months for police efforts to combat gun violence and gun trafficking. Gilbault said on Sunday the government would announce funding to help community groups working with young people.

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On top of policing, Guilbolt said, efforts should be made to address the social inequalities that drive youth to crime, especially in some neighborhoods.

“If we can give these young people an alternative to criminality in life, we can create a win-win situation so that everyone in these areas has equal opportunities,” Gilbault said.

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“We must give the tools to the people who work closely with these young people who are at risk of being criminals before they fall into it.”

Montreal has seen an increase in gun-related crimes in recent months, and the killings of three teens this year have prompted more action to end the violence.

In mid-November, 16-year-old Thomas Trudell was shot in the city’s Saint-Michel district while driving home. No arrests have been made. 16-year-old Jannai Dopwell-Bailey died in October after being stabbed outside her school. Two people have been arrested in his death. And in February, Mariam Bondoui, 15, was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Liberal leader Dominic Engeld described the latest death as disappointing.

“This tells us that there is a need to make significant investments not only in controlling guns, but also in prevention,” Engled said on Friday. “Our party proposes to invest. Every time we (police) invest a dollar, we invest the same amount in prevention.

In the latest case, police were alerted by a 911 call to gunshots in the city’s Anjou district at around 7:15 pm, after police found the 20-year-old in his vehicle with gunshot wounds to his upper body, And he was taken to the hospital, where he died in the early hours of Friday.

A 17-year-old boy was not far away, also suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital but the authorities are not afraid of his life. Montreal police said it was cooperating with investigators.

On Friday, murder detectives and crime scene technicians were conducting searches in the area where the firing took place. cast. Jean-Pierre Brabant said police had not made any arrests until noon.

This is the 32nd reported murder on the island of Montreal this year.

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