In a 45-minute Facebook video posted Wednesday, the musician described how he was taking a walk outside Place d'Armes in a historic district of Quebec City when he noticed a man wearing a cape.
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He assumed it was an individual celebrating Halloween. It was at that moment he noticed the man was holding a long sword. Before Bélanger de Beauport could react, the man brought the sword down on his head.
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“I saw stars but I didn’t lose consciousness,” he said. “I lost my balance and fell on the floor [...] I didn’t panic but I didn’t understand what was happening. He continued hitting me."
"I figured my best chance was to scream for help.”
Now recovering in hospital after surviving the assault, the 37-year-old said he has forgiven his alleged assailant, Carl Girouard, who is accused of committing a string of attacks that left two people dead and five others wounded.
By the time Bélanger de Beauport was in an ambulance on the way to hospital, “I had already forgiven him,” he said, adding his assailant was surely suffering from mental health issues.
He also said he’d be willing to meet with him at some point in the future to give the individual a chance to explain himself.
“My satisfaction would be knowing that this man is getting the help he’s needed for a long time,” he said. “Justice that would truly satisfy me, would be a transformative justice.”
In the video, Bélanger de Beauport spoke candidly about the serious injuries he sustained to his head, throat, body and hands.
The professional musician described rescuing his own severed index finger from the ground and how it has since been reattached by a specialist at Sacré-Coeur hospital in Montreal.
Bélanger de Beauport said he is concerned with the injuries to his hands but was already envisioning his return to the stage.
“Whatever the state of my body or hands, I’ll remain a musician and we’ll see what rehab has at the end of the line,” he said.
He also thanked the public for an outpouring of love and support.
A fundraiser has been started to help Bélanger de Beauport recover.
According to police, an investigation revealed that the pair were manufacturing and selling false certificates attesting to 750 hours of training, at a cost of $800 per certificate. Both suspects are now facing charges of fraud and the fabrication of false documents.
The SPVM said that help from the public led to the launch of a police investigation into the fraud case.
Anyone with information about criminal activity of the same nature can contact Info-Crime Montréal anonymously at 514-393-1133 or via the report form available on infocrimemontreal.ca.
The Montreal Canadiens' executive vice-president, France Margaret Bélanger, has confirmed that the Habs and the Bell Centre are prepared to welcome 10,500 fans for Friday's Stanley Cup Finals game in Montreal and in discussions with Quebec's public health authorities to make that happen. But no decision has been made yet.
"We are at 3,500 people in the Bell Centre [...] and we asked about the possibility of obtaining 50% capacity, so, 10,500 people," she said at a press conference.
A man is in the hospital after being shot in the lower body in Old Montreal Monday morning. Police were called to the area after "many gunshots" were heard near rue Gosford at around 3:15 a.m., SPVM media relations officer Jean-Pierre Brabant said.
The man, aged 29, had sustained "at least" one gunshot wound. He was arrested and is considered "suspect," Brabant explained.