OTTAWA, Sept 5 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
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
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
"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
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.
Marois, whose party won a minority in Tuesday's election,
had promised to strengthen laws designed to ensure the dominance
of the French language, which has worried some in the minority
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Marois downplayed the
possibility of political motives for the shooting. She said she
never feared for her own security and called the incident
"profoundly sad" for Quebec.
"I believe it was an isolated incident and it doesn't
represent who we are," she said.