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9/14/06-Montreal, Quebec

Alleged Gunman's Web Postings Obsessed With Death

The alleged gunman in a Montreal college shooting called himself the "Angel of Death" in an online profile, Canadian media say.

The alleged gunman, identified by Quebec Provincial Police spokesman Jason Jaughir as Kimveer Gill, 25, was killed by police gunfire after a rampage through Dawson College left one woman dead and 19 others injured, six of them critically.

Six of the 19 wounded people are in intensive care on life support at Montreal General Hospital, Dr. Tarek Razek said. Two of those six are in extremely critical condition, he added.

Police were searching for a motive Thursday, but in a profile on the Web site vampirefreaks.com, quoted Thursday by the Toronto Star, Gill writes that he wants to die "like Romeo and Juliet -- or in a hail of gunfire."

The Montreal Gazette and the French-language Journal de Montreal said Gill, from the Montreal suburb of Laval, had published an online gallery of more than 50 photos depicting himself in various poses, holding a Berretta CX4 Storm semi-automatic rifle and wearing a long black trench coat and combat boots.

"His name is Trench. You will come to know him as the Angel of Death," he wrote on his vampirefreaks.com profile, according to the Gazette.

Gill's online identifier was Fatality666, according to the Star.

The Journal de Montreal quoted Gill as writing, "Work sucks, school sucks, life sucks... What else can I say? ... Vengeance is coming."

The Star said Gill wrote about hating authority figures, including police and teachers, and high school "jocks" for their bullying.

A version of Gill's Web page shows a tombstone inscribed with his name "Kimveer" and the words "Lived fast died young. Left a mangled corpse,'' the Star reported.

One of Gill's postings said he liked to play "Super Columbine Massacre," an Internet-based game that simulated the April 20, 1999, shootings by two students at a Colorado high school that left 13 people dead, The Associated Press reported.

On the vampirefreaks.com site Thursday morning, a search for "Trench" turned up a message from the administrators of the site saying that the user called Trench "has been deleted."

The reason for the deletion was left blank.

Montreal Police Chief Yvan Delorme said the lessons learned from incidents like Columbine had taught police to try to stop such assaults as quickly as possible, AP reported.

"Before our technique was to establish a perimeter around the place and wait for the SWAT team. Now the first police officers go right inside. The way they acted saved lives," AP quoted Delorme as saying.

The shooting began at 12:41 p.m., Delorme said, when two police officers -- responding to an unrelated call -- heard gunfire and spotted a gunman outside the school. The officers followed the gunman into the building, engaging him minutes later in an exchange of fire that killed him.

Police sealed off the 12-acre college campus in the center of the city while students and faculty members streamed into the street and police searched to make sure that only one gunman was on the scene.

Genevieve Beauchemin, a reporter for CTV, quoted students as saying they were eating lunch in the cafeteria when they heard shots, causing a stampede of people fleeing the room.

"We were just sitting in class, and we were listening to the teacher and we heard guns going off," one unnamed student said. "We looked outside and everyone was screaming and crying, and there were people that got shot that were running away.

"And then our teacher left, and he came back and said the gunmen were inside and we had to leave."

Another unnamed student said he saw one shooter, describing him as "6-foot, trench coat, punk."

"He looked like a student with a trench coat," the young man said. "... One of my friends got shot. We were crawling away and she got shot. I had to drag her out of there."

Another student, Daniel Mightley, 21, said the shooter he saw had a "black mohawk" haircut.

"I saw his face and he had no emotion in his face at all," he said. "He was walking toward us and he was just shooting."

"The school that I once knew wasn't what it looked like a couple of hours previous," Mightley said on CNN's "American Morning" Thursday. "There was bullet holes all over the place, police officers all over the place -- blood in our cafeteria, ... pools of blood in our cafeteria."

The college has 7,000 day students and 3,000 night students, according to the Dawson College Web site.

Montreal was the scene of another college shooting, almost 17 years ago. Marc Lepine opened fire at Ecole Polytechnique on December 6, 1989, killing 14 women students and wounding 13 other people before killing himself. Lepine left behind a three-page letter blaming feminists for his not being able to get into the school.

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