May 8, 1984, a landmark day for journalists in the field

May 8, 1984, a landmark day for journalists in the field
May 8, 1984, a landmark day for journalists in the field

“These are events that we cannot forget,” said Noovo Info journalist Denis Langlois, who covered the events.

At first, journalists had very little information. Once the assailant entered the Blue Room, “it was chaos,” admitted the journalist, specifying that all the police cars and ambulances in the region were deployed to the parliament.

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Throughout the operation, which lasted just under five hours, the journalists were outside the building. “It was a hunt for information,” said Mr. Langlois. “A little later we had the exact picture of the situation.”

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Finally, the assailant was arrested the same day by the Sûreté du Québec. Denis Lortie killed a total of three people and injured thirteen others. “The toll could have been longer,” said Mr. Langlois, who said he was surprised – at the time – by the number of deaths.

Suffering from mental disorders, Lortie was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 1985. He was then released in 1995 for good behavior.

See Laurence Royer’s report in the video opposite.

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