Quebec announces funding for crime prevention as Montreal police investigate the shooting – archyde

When Montreal police were investigating the recent murder of a youth in the city, the provincial government said Friday it would announce funds for crime prevention programs this weekend.

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

Quebec has announced millions in police efforts to combat gun violence and trafficking in recent months. Guilbault said the government will announce funds on Sunday to help community groups that work with young people.

In addition to policing, Guilbault says that efforts must be made to address the social inequalities that drive young people to crime, especially in some neighborhoods.

“If we can offer these young people an alternative to crime, we can create the winning conditions so that everyone in these neighborhoods has the same opportunities,” said Guilbault.

“We need to give tools to those who work closely with these young people at risk of criminalization before they fall for it.”

Montreal has seen a spate of gun-related crimes in recent months, and the murder of three teenagers this year has meant more needs to be done to end the violence.

In mid-November, 16-year-old Thomas Trudel was shot on his way home in the St-Michel district. No arrests were made. Jannai Dopwell-Bailey, 16, died after being stabbed to death outside his school in October. Two people were arrested when he died. And in February, Meriem Boundaoui, 15, was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Liberal leader Dominique Anglade described the recent death as disheartening.

“This shows us the need not only to control weapons, but also to invest heavily in prevention,” said Anglade on Friday. “Our party’s proposal is to invest. Every time we invest a dollar in (police), we invest the same amount in prevention. “

In the most recent case, the police were alerted at around 7.15 p.m. by an emergency call after gunfire in the Anjou district. Police found the 20-year-old in his vehicle with a gunshot wound to his upper body and was taken to hospital, where he died early Friday.

Not far from there was a 17-year-old boy who also suffered a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital, but the authorities do not fear for his life. Montreal police said he was working with investigators.

Homicide investigators and forensic technicians combed the area where the shooting took place on Friday. Const. Jean-Pierre Brabant said police had not made any arrests until early afternoon.

The killing is the 32nd reported on the island of Montreal this year.

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