Quebec Police Identify Suspect Linked To Election Rally Shooting
Canadian police confirmed Quebec media reports that Richard Henry Bain was in custody after a Tuesday night shooting that occurred as Quebec's new premier-designate, Pauline Marois, was addressing supporters at a victory rally.
Investigators said they have not determined a motive for the shooting or uncovered evidence that the shooter had accomplices.
The shooting has ignited fears of Anglo-French tensions in Quebec, according to the Guardian:
As he was detained, the gunman, wearing a balaclava and a bathrobe, allegedly repeated twice in French with an English accent: "The Anglophones are waking up," an apparent reference to the "maple spring" of student protests against the government that contributed to the snap election being called.
Marois, Quebec's first female premier, had stated the Parti Québécois' commitment to the province breaking away from Canada to become a sovereign country before bodyguards escorted her off stage, according to the CBC.
The Parti Quebecois ended nearly a decade of Liberal Party rule as Marois will lead a minority government with 54 of the 125 seats in the National Assembly.