Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Shooting in Dawson College, in Montreal

Reports state that 1 lone gunman dressed in black clothing who had many piercings and a Mohawk style haircut was brought down, although initially witness reports claimed that there were three. Ambulance workers are saying that there are at least 4 dead, and 11 critical injuries as well as several minor injuries. There are reports that gunman had either killed himself or that he has been killed by Police outside the Southern entrance near the Place Alexis Nihon shopping mall.

Shooting went for 35 minutes.

Dawson College is located in the heart of downtown Montreal in a historic building on 12 acres of green space. It is the largest English-language CÉGEP, with a student population of more than 7,000 day students and 3,000 night students enrolled in more than 50 fields of study; however, it is worth noting that John Abbott College along with the MacDonald Campus of McGill University, which owns the land, has well over 11,000 day students, and over 5,000 night students, which would make it the largest in the province.
Dawson College was the first English-language institution in the Quebec network of CÉGEPs when it opened its doors to 1,200 students in the fall of 1969. The College is named for Sir William Dawson, a McGill University principal from 1855 to 1893.
In 1988, Dawson College moved to the former Mother House of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, full consolidation under one roof only happened in 1997, when the Selby building was finally closed. Extensive renovations rendered the century-old building into an attractive, modern, and well-equipped college, occupying an entire city block between de Maisonneuve Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street and Atwater and Wood Avenues in Westmount.
The College is directly connected to the Atwater metro station.


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