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Gatineau Daycare Shooting: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Police in Gatineau, Que., say two men are dead following a shooting at a daycare. Here are 5 fast facts you need to know.


1. The Shooter Is Dead

“We know there’s at least one fatality, because we saw one adult-sized body being taken out on a stretcher, covered,” the CBC’s Evan Dyerhe said.

Gatineau Police confirmed early on that one man was found dead on scene saying, “We confirm that there was a death due to gunshots fired at Gamelin Street.”

Police have since confirmed they found the body of the shooter, 49-year-old Robert Charron, when they arrived at the daycare around 10:30 this morning. They said Charron was found lying with a shotgun, already dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.


2. One Male Daycare Worker Was Shot and Killed

During a press conference at 2 p.m., police confirmed that one male worker at the daycare was found shot in a separate location from the shooter’s body. He later died in hospital. Neil Galliou, a 38-year-old French citizen, has been identified as the victim.


3. All the Children Are Safe

Police confirmed at the press conference and via Twitter that all of the children were unharmed and taken to a safe location following the incident.

“Major operation, Gamelin. Involves a daycare. ALL children are safe, no injured child,” the tweet translates.

4. The Daycare is Located Across from a Hospital


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The shooting took place at Racines De Vie Montessori, a home-based daycare located at 225 and 229 Rue Gamelin. At the time, police say that 48 children under the age of five were in care at 225 Rue Gamelin, and five infants at 229 Rue Gamelin. The facility is fairly new.


5. Parents Have Picked Their Children Up Nearby

Gatineau Police tweeted parents could meet their children at a nearby location. “Operation Gamelin: children are safe. Parents can make the corner Gamelin and Lionel Emond,” it translates.

Children have since been reunited with their families.

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