Three randomly targeted passers-by: two youngsters equipped for real carnage

Two young Montrealers charged yesterday with three attempted murders for shooting random passers-by last week were equipped to commit real carnage.

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Head held high and looking relaxed, neither Dardy Lavaud nor Robby Valère seemed shaken with the rain of accusations that fell on their heads at the Montreal courthouse.

Already accused in connection with firearms, they have seen no less than 11 charges added, including three for two attempted murders that occurred 24 hours apart in the Rivière-des-Prairies sector.

Considering the dozens and dozens of bullets that were fired, it’s a miracle no one died.

During the first occurrence, a 20-year-old woman was driving down the street when she noticed a white Hyundai Elantra following her, according to our information. And when she parked, her vehicle was riddled with bullets. She was alone in her vehicle.

In the middle of the street

According to our information, the next day, it was another 25-year-old woman, who was leaving a restaurant with a member of her family, who was shot by suspects on foot.

Another man, who was there by chance, was also targeted.

Obviously, the victims were chosen completely at random and everything indicates that they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.


CCTV footage shows shooters unloading firearms in the middle of the street.

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CCTV footage shows shooters unloading firearms in the middle of the street.

Images of this event captured by surveillance cameras and consulted by Le Journal send chills down our spines: we see four individuals, armed with pistols with high-capacity magazines, start shooting recklessly in the middle of the street .

Some footage suggests that one of the shooters was wearing a bulletproof vest, and they appear to have large spare magazines. These are illegal in Canada because they can hold 30 balls, which is triple the allowed limit.

Two shooters on the run

The shooters then fled in a white Hyundai Elentra, but as they were driving at high speed, ignoring the signs, they were quickly chased by the police.

The driver then lost control of the vehicle. The shooters fled on foot, causing a large police deployment. Only Lavaud and Valère were caught.

“We are still looking for the other two,” said Raphaël Bergeron, spokesperson for the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

long sentences

Lavaud and Valère were initially charged with illegal possession of a firearm, but the Montreal police investigation linked them to the two violent events that took place last week.


Officers found a Glock Model 22 pistol, whose serial number had been defaced, with a high-capacity magazine that could hold 30 rounds.

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Officers found a Glock Model 22 pistol, whose serial number had been defaced, with a high-capacity magazine that could hold 30 rounds.

In addition to attempted murder, they are also accused of having discharged a firearm with the aim of endangering people’s lives and of possessing a prohibited device.

If found guilty, they face a minimum of five years in prison, while the maximum sentence is life.

The Crown having opposed any release on bail, they will remain in preventive detention for the time being. They will return to court next week.

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