This resulted in police creating a security perimeter on the school grounds, near where the package was located. The school told everyone to "avoid area around Arts, Dawson Hall and Leacock buildings at this time."
Then, at 10:49 a.m., McGill let the public know that the "incident" was over.
SPVM spokesperson Véronique Comtois Comtois said the tactical squad deemed the package not to be dangerous after analyzing it.
The security perimeter police made this morning was removed and the buildings that were evacuated have reopened.
Gun violence in our city has been on the rise for the past few months now. Recently, Montreal police received 911 calls for two separate shootings in the city. The first happened during the afternoon around 3:50 p.m., where multiple civilians reported hearing gunshots fired at the corner of Émile-Journault and 9th Avenue in Saint-Michel.
SPVM spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils told MTL Blog that when police arrived on the scene, they found a 23-year-old man who had been shot in the upper body. He was then transported to the hospital and we're told that his life is not in danger.
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City council candidate Guillaume Lavoie from Ensemble Montréal tweeted that he and Denis Coderre were campaigning door-to-door right next to where the shooting happened. There is a daycare nearby. Some citizens told us that it was the 3rd time in a short time," Lavoie wrote.
The second shooting happened just after 12 a.m. on Thursday, September 16, only eight hours after the other shooting, in an apartment on rue Despréaux, which left a 29-year-old man wounded in the upper body. He was brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
"There was an altercation that happened in the apartment between several people and that's when gunshots were fired," Chèvrefils explained. "One or several suspects fled the scene before the arrival of the police."
The investigations for both incidents are ongoing and no arrests have been made in connection to the two shootings as of yet.
According to the SPVM, Litvack was a baseball coach in the Lake Saint-Louis area and an administrator for the Lake Saint Louis-area baseball organization between 2008 and 2021. The kids he coached ranged in age from 13 to 21. He also worked for the Dollard-des-Ormeaux minor hockey association for about 10 years until 2017.
"The suspect is accused of sexually assaulting one of his players to whom he gave private lessons. Investigators have reason to believe that the accused may have had other victims," the SPVM says.
Police describe him as a 41-year-old white male with brown short hair and hazel eyes. He is 1.78 metres tall and weighs 93 kilograms, or about 205 pounds. He's anglophone but also speaks French.
Anyone with information about Litvack can anonymously and confidentially contact Info-Crime Montréal.
If you require resources or assistance surrounding sexual assault in Quebec, the CAVAC helpline is available 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-866-532-2822. Other crisis lines and 24/7 options can be found at The Lifeline Canada.
In a tweet shared at 8:25 a.m. on Tuesday morning, McGill University announced that two of its buildings were being evacuated due to an "incident."
UPDATE: McGill announced the incident is over. The SPVM determined the suspicious package is not dangerous. The three closed buildings, Leacock, Dawson Hall and the McCall MacBain Arts building, have reopened.
EARLIER: MTL Blog spoke with SPVM spokesperson Véronique Comtois, who confirmed that the Montreal police received a call about a "suspicious package" on McGill's campus on Tuesday.
At 9:30 a.m., Comtois said that police were currently on the school grounds "preventively." She said there is "no information" that the object is "threatening," but "[they're] not taking any chances. So for now it's a preventive intervention."
Police have made a perimeter near where the object was found and, at the time of writing this article, experts were on their way to analyze the object. Once they give their expertise, they'll be able to determine if the object is threatening or not.
Since the police perimeter is on campus, there will be no impact on traffic in the city.