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Quebec election shooting: A Twitter timeline

A man shot dead one person and injured another while Quebec premier-elect Pauline Marois was speaking to supporters after her victory to become the province's first woman premier. Here's a glimpse of what people were tweeting throughout the night.


  1. Election day began with business as usual and Canadians tweeting their general enthusiasm (and sometimes lack thereof) for the evening's results.
  2. And then... victory! 

    Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois -- now Quebec premier-elect -- is the first woman premier in Quebec. She won 55 seats, short of the 63 seats needed for a majority in the 125-seat National Assembly. 
  3. The celebrations didn't last long before the shooting began...
  4. A 62-year-old man armed with an assault rifle and a handgun opened fire in a vestibule outside the hall. One person was killed and another injured, police said.  
  5.                                                                                    Photo credit: La Presse
  6. After being quickly apprehended by Montreal police, the man wearing a bathrobe and a balaclava, was heard shouting “the anglos are waking up” in French with an English accent. “There’s going to be f-ing payback. It’s enough. Wanna make trouble.”

    Instead of rushing into the main hall, the attacker then paused to start a fire. A door to the venue erupted after being doused with accelerant, just metres from where Marois spoke.

  7. Although the shooting quickly turned the spotlight elsewhere, Twitterers still pondered over the night's results and #qcelection continued to trend on Twitter.