Suspect identified in Quebec election rally shooting death

Wed Sep 5, 2012 7:25pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police on Wednesday said the suspect who allegedly shot dead a person outside a victory rally for the separatist Parti Quebecois is the owner of a hunting-outfitting business.

A police source confirmed Quebec media reports that Richard Henry Bain, aged 61 or 62, was being held in custody after the Tuesday night shooting, which took place as Quebec's new premier-designate, Pauline Marois, was addressing jubilant supporters.

Police said they have no motive for the shooting, and no evidence that the shooter had accomplices.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the name of the suspect has not yet been formally released.

Bruno Beaulieu, a spokesman for the Quebec police force, said the suspect may appear in court on Wednesday night or Thursday.

"We don't reveal the criminal background of someone. But in this case I'm going to tell you this is not a well-known person to police services," Montreal spokesman Ian LaFreniere said on CTV Television.

Television footage showed a man wearing a black balaclava and what appeared to be a blue bathrobe over black clothing as police bundled him into a vehicle.

Police would not confirm media reports that an AK47 assault rifle was found at the crime scene. Television images showed police removing an assault rifle from the suspect's hands.

"The English are waking up," the suspect said, in French, as the police took him away.   Continued...

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois waves on stage with members of her security team after a shooting took place outside the venue where she was giving her winning address to supporters following the Quebec provincial election in Montreal, Quebec, September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi