Police seek 'known' suspect in Hudson shooting
Halloween party gone wrong
Sûreté du Québec police are looking for an 18-year-old suspect in connection with the shooting last weekend of three young men who were attending a Halloween party in Hudson. A second man police believe to be the gunman's accomplice is also being sought.
It was a party gone terribly wrong, said Jennifer Roberton, whohosted the Halloween party that was also a celebration of her son Christopher's 18th birthday.
Monday morning, a shaken and fatigued Roberton, mother of six children aged 15-months to 22-years, held back tearswhen indicating the place on her kitchen floor where three of her son's friends lay bleeding after they had been shot around 1 a.m. Sunday morning.
Remnants of a chocolate birthday cake and Halloween themed donuts still sat on the kitchen counter.
Witnesses say a masked man and an accomplice walked up to a group of about 50 costumed revellers, who had congregated outside of the house near the attached garage, firing a single shot from a handgun before fleeingonfoot.
The party had been taking place at Roberton's home located at the end of Daoust Street in Hudson, a dead-end surrounded by woods.
According to police, three men, one 17-year-old and two 21-year-olds, were shot with a single bulletwhich had been fired from the gun.
SQ spokesman Ronald McInnis said the bullet split, or fragmented, after hitting the first victim.
One young man was shot in the mouth while the second was wounded when a portion of the bullet grazed his eyebrow.
The third victim was shot in the back of the head.
As of Monday, two victims had been released from hospital while one of the 21-years olds was being treated for his wounds.
Police, who say the three victims are from Saint-Lazare, Hudson and Verdun, said none ofthemwere cooperating with investigators.
"It's not usual for that to happen, when people get shot they usually want to see the person(whodid it) caught," said McInnis.
Though their stories differ, police and Roberton agree she had been warned against hosting the party.
According to McInnis, police visited Roberton's home last Friday, a day before the planned event, asking her to cancel in light of death threats they knew had made against one of her sons.
"A lot of witnesses told us (he was warned) if he did the party somebodywould kill him," McInnis said. "Two police officers went to the house and asked the mother not to do the party because it was too dangerous," he added.
Roberton maintains however that it was her who contacted police about the threats and that at least one SQ officer told her he felt it was okay to go ahead with the party. Due to the possible threat, police did "beef up" patrols aroundthe houseduring the event.
Roberton says officers came by a few times early in the evening. She said police last visited thehomearound11:30 p.m.
"They told us everything was under control," she noted, adding she was constantly in and out of the house tocheckonthings.
Police say they received a complaint from neighbours around midnight about general party noise.
The shooting took place an hour later as most of the partygoers, who ranged from 17 to 21 years-old, were gathered in the home's garage or backyard.
"My son came in the house as white as a ghost," Roberton recalled. "He kept saying he needed a phone, that someone had been shot. He couldn't hear me because he had been right near the peoplewhenthegunwent off."
Witnesses told police a young man at the party chased the suspects on foot but retreated when the gunmen threatened to shoothimtoo.
According to McInnis, police are seeking an 18-year-old male they say isknowntothem.
"We know who the suspect is but it's going to be tough to find him and he's dangerous... weknowhe's used a firearm."
For her part, Roberton, who does not drive andwho walks to her job as an event planner at the nearby Hudson Community Centre, says shewill not feel safe until the gunman is arrested.
She says despite rumours to the contrary, her childrendon't normally give wild parties.
"We had one party two years ago that got a little out of control but this was nothing like that... it was a normal Halloween party... it was my son's birthday party, it wasn't supposed to be like that."
Three young men were shot while standing near a back wall at a house on rue Daoust in Hudson last Saturday.