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Man found shot in Wendy’s parking lot
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 26 janvier 2012

A 22-year-old man was found mortally wounded in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant in Côte-des-Neiges on Jan. 19.

Customers at the fast-food restaurant at the corner of Décarie Blvd. and Isabella Ave. called police to the scene Thursday evening about 7:20 pm.

Police found the man with one or more gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced dead in hospital.

On Friday morning constable Raphael Bergeron of Montreal police said that the shooting may be gang-related and that the man is known to police.

This is the second homicide on Montreal Island of 2012. By this date last year, constable Yannick Ouimet said that there had also been two murders on Montreal island.

But it is also the latest shooting in a rash of similar crimes in the area over the last several months. Store owner Sundaram Yogarajah, 63, was stabbed to death on July 20 in front of his restaurant on Victoria St. over a dispute involving garbage. The story was front page news in Montreal.

Rakib Ullah was shot and killed on Aug. 15 on Côte-des-Neiges Rd. A woman survived after being shot several times on Linton Ave. on Aug. 23. Then a man was stabbed to death in the neck on the corner of Barclay and Decelles on Sept. 18, making it the 27th homicide of 2011.

The incident, reported on CTV’s website at the time, was simply titled, “Another murder in Côte-des-Neiges.” However, the SPVM reports that crime rates have dropped by 27% in the last 10 years and advertises that fact under the banner “Montreal is safe.”

In life, as in politics, perception is reality. A featured quote on this website from an unidentified Côte-des-Neiges resident says it all: “When I first moved in there was no crime whatsoever. Now 40 years later it is getting worse than ever. At night I don’t go out. You have to be very careful when you go out at night here.”

Côte-des-Neiges has a reputation as a crime-riddled neighbourhood going way back, deservedly or not. The recent reprint of David Montrose’s vintage Canadian hard-boiled novel “The Crime on Cote des Neiges” is testament to that fact.

[ Deborah Rankin ]

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