July 16, 2017 11:35 am
Updated: July 16, 2017 8:19 pm

Man shot dead outside wedding reception in Saint-Leonard

WATCH ABOVE: Montreal police are investigating the 13th homicide of 2017, after a 29-year-old man was shot and killed outside a wedding hall in Saint-Leonard early Sunday morning. Global’s Matt Grillo has more.

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The major crimes unit with Montreal police (SPVM) is investigating the city’s 13th homicide of 2017 on SPVM territory.

Police said they received several 911 calls at around 1:15 a.m. Sunday reporting an outdoor fight between several people, and the sound of gunshots near Provencher Boulevard and Denis-Papin Street in Saint-Leonard.

Upon arrival, officers located the victim — a 29-year-old man– lying on the ground.

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SPVM spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils said despite quick intervention by paramedics, the victim died of his injuries at the scene.

“The wounds were caused by a firearm,” Chèvrefils said.

According to Montreal police spokesperson Manuel Couture, the incident took place outside a wedding reception hall and the victim was known to police.

“It was all related to a wedding reception and this person was part of the wedding reception,” Couture said.

The suspect fled the scene before the arrival of police. No arrests have been made so far.

Crime scene technicians and the canine unit were dispatched to the area to assist in the investigation.

A security perimeter was established and Provencher Boulevard is closed between de Roquebrune and Enrico-Fermi streets and Denis-Papin Street is closed at de Roquebrune Street.

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