Shooting incident mars win for Quebec separatists

AP News
|
Posted: Sep 05, 2012 12:55 AM
Shooting incident mars win for Quebec separatists

MONTREAL (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested after shooting two people during a victory rally for Quebec's new premier.

Police said early Wednesday that a 50-year-old man entered the hall and fired at least one shot, wounding two people, one of them critically.

The incident occurred around midnight as Pauline Marois, leader of the separatist Parti Quebecois, was declaring victory in the French-speaking province's election on Tuesday. Marois was whisked off the stage.

Party organizers informed the crowd there had been an explosive noise and they needed to clear the auditorium. Police say the man started a small fire behind the building before he was arrested.

Marois returned to the stage after the incident and asked the crowd to peacefully disperse.