Containment at Collège Lionel-Groulx: the suspect was holding a toy gun
Collège Lionel-Groulx was barricaded for four hours on Friday after a suspicious individual carrying what appeared to be a firearm was seen in the area .
The Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-De Blainville (RIPTB) confirmed on Saturday that it has identified the suspicious individual who led to the barricaded confinement of Collège Lionel-Groulx on Friday. According to information obtained by Radio-Canada, it is a teenager from Sainte-Thérèse who was walking around with a toy gun.
The replica of the AK assault rifle -47 was allegedly purchased from a Party Expert store near the educational institution.
It is now possible for us to say with certainty that this person was not in possession of a firearm and never entered the educational establishment, the RIPTB said in a press release published on Saturday.< /p>
“The individual, a young minor, resident of Sainte-Thérèse, would have actually wandered the streets on the outskirts of the College with an object that could be easily confused with a long weapon, being in fact a weapon. -toy. »
— Press release from the Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-De Blainville
Having seen the young man with what they thought was a firearm, many citizens contacted the 911 to report his presence, which led to a large police deployment in the Lionel-Groulx College area as well as his barricaded confinement for nearly four hours.
Not taking any chances, we confined the College and we carried out the verification on the outskirts of the College to then begin the meticulous search of the premises, declared Luc Larocque, chief inspector at the RIPTB.
A Once the checks were made inside the establishment, the police lifted the confinement at the beginning of the evening.
The RIPTB would like to remind you that the purchase, transport and Handling a toy that may look like a weapon should always be done in a safe manner in public places.