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Montreal police search for suspect in 30th homicide of 2015

MONTREAL – Police are investigating the 30th homicide of 2015 on its territory, after a man in his 20’s was shot to death in Saint-Michel Saturday morning.

Police are on the hunt for at least one suspect after reports of gunshots on Louvain Street East and 13th Avenue prompted several 911 calls shortly after 12:30 a.m.

When officers arrived at the intersection, they found the young man lying on the ground, bleeding. He was confirmed dead at the scene.

The victim had no criminal record but police were familiar with the man.

“A few police officers in the Saint-Michel area knew him for having friends in criminal organizations,” said Manuel Couture, a Montreal police spokesperson.

This is the latest victim in what is a rash of violence in the neighborhood.

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On Monday, a 20 year-old was shot dead in front of his home at the corner of Villeray and d’Iberville streets.

On Tuesday, there were two attempted murders just five streets over from today’s crime scene, on 13th avenue as well. The two men are expected to recover.

Police admitted both incidents were linked to gangs, but have not come to the same conclusions yet with this case.

Some residents Global News spoke to say the area is no stranger to crime.

“It’s violent here, this is a dangerous street,” a resident told Global News.

Another resident said: “Saint Michel isn’t going to change, people are too poor here and there’s too much drugs.”

Police haven’t made any arrests so far but are on the hunt for at least one suspect.

They’re asking anyone with information to call Info-Crime at 514-393-1133.

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