Gatineau police are investigating the first murder of the year in their city.
At around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a 26-year-old man was reportedly shot in Unit 6 of the apartment complex at 24 Normand Street, in the Hull sector. He died in hospital.
Gatineau Police would not identify the victim yesterday, but confirmed the man who died was the tenant of the unit. The building’s landlord identified the man who was renting the unit as Robert Whiteduck.
Building superintendent Michel Villeneuve said yesterday that the man moved into the apartment last September with three dogs, despite a “no-pets” policy. Several tenants complained about the dogs, but Villeneuve said those were the only complaints lodged against the man.
Police reported yesterday they were called to a disturbance at the apartment, near the intersection of St-Joseph Boulevard and Highway 5, shortly after 8:20 p.m. While en route, officers were told that a man had been shot.
A neighbour who lives below Unit 6 — who would only identify herself as Annick — described the victim as a big man, standing at least 6-foot-2 and weighing at least 250 pounds.
Before the incident, she reported hearing two men yelling in the apartment above. Then a girl starting screaming, “No. No. Stop. Stop.”
She didn’t hear a gunshot, but did hear a heavy crash and a door slamming. She called police and peeked outside the door where she saw a young woman sitting on a radiator in the stairwell with blood on her hands and face.
“She was sitting there saying, ‘I think, he’s dead’, over and over,” she said. “I told her she better return to her apartment just in case the guy came back.”
Police had interviewed more than a dozen people by yesterday afternoon, but had not arrested a suspect.