GATINEAU, Quebec – Police evacuated children from a child-care center just outside Canada’s capital on Friday after two men died in a shooting.
Gatineau Police Chief Mario Haren said all 53 children were safe and unharmed.
Haren said police received a call about an armed man with a shotgun threatening people. They arrived to find the man dead with a shotgun beside him and a second, unidentified employee of the day care, also dead. He said the shooting seems to be related to a recent separation involving a couple.
“We have two deceased. One of the males is responsible for this shooting. The other male works at this day care center,” Haren said. “Right now we’re investigating that this was related to a recent separation between a couple.”
The child-care center sits across the street from a hospital in this Quebec city, just across the river from Ottawa.
Sgt. Jean-Paul LeMay said the kids were safe at a nearby house. He would not release details on who was killed or if the kids witnessed the shooting.
Terror-stricken parents and guardians scrambled to retrieve their children. It wasn’t immediately clear how much might have transpired in front of the kids. One parent called it terrifying and said it was every parent’s worst nightmare.
The shooting initially raised fears of a far worse incident in Quebec, where memories are still fresh from the December massacre of 20 children and six educators in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school
Associated Press Writer Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto.