The Montreal police now say that two fatal shootings carried out within the space of an hour in different parts of the city Tuesday night appear to be connected.
Montreal police spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils said late Wednesday morning that the investigation into the two homicides so far indicates that “it is very likely” they are related.
The first of Tuesday night’s shootings was reported around 9:45 pm at Jules-Poitras and Deguire Blvds. near Roman-Zytynsky Park in the borough of St-Laurent. Officers found the body of a 64-year-old man who had been shot at least once in the upper body. He was declared dead at the scene.
Sources have confirmed to the Montreal Gazette that the 64-year-old victim is André Lemieux, the father of professional boxer David Lemieux. On Wednesday, the former International Boxing Federation middleweight champion posted a message on Instagram saying: “RIP dad.”
In his last bout, David Lemieux fought in May for the WBC super middleweight championship but was stopped in the third round by David Benavidez.
According to court records, André Lemieux resided on Jules-Poitras Blvd. and close to where he was shot. He was recently charged in an impaired driving and drug possession case that was still pending at the Montreal courthouse.
The homicide victim had a lengthy criminal record, but his most recent conviction came in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to a theft he carried out that same year. He received a sentence he could serve in the community as well as three years of probation. Also in 2008, André Lemieux pleaded guilty to a charge of simple drug possession and was sentenced to a 90-day prison term.
An hour after Lemieux was shot, police found the body of a 48-year-old man at Meilleur and Sauvé Sts. near St-Benôit Park in the Ahuntsic district. He, too, had been shot at least once in the upper body and was declared dead at the scene. Police said on Wednesday morning the victim had no criminal past and the motive for the killing had not been determined.
Investigators suspect that in both cases the victims only faced one assailant.
Police are seeking witnesses to both incidents.
Crime scenes were set up at both sites and the slayings brought to 17 the number of homicides committed this year on the island of Montreal. There were 16 homicides reported during the corresponding period last year.
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