Dawson College Shootings: The Experience of Two Emergency Workers
Article and photos by Guy Labissonnière, journalist
On Wednesday, September 13, 2006, Jean-Marie Dufresne and his co-worker Patrice Grenier were giving a first-aid and CPR course to employees at the Collège des médecins. They were eating lunch at Plaza Alexis-Nihon, just across the street from Dawson College, when they saw a stream of students running to safety in the shopping mall. Thinking they could help, they ran to the scene, where they quickly came upon two people who had been shot and were lying on the sidewalk.
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Dawson College students. Sarah Teman, age 18, a student in social science, Kate Shumskaya, age 18, a student in interior design, Samantha Tauby, age 17, a student in cinema and communications and Jeremy Murray, age 18, a student in social science.
The students were placing floral tributes and lighting candles in honour of one of their friends, injured in the shootings. Jeremy, who was very close to the shooting, heard bursts of gunfire that lasted, according to his perception of time, at least 30 seconds. He saw one of his friends, shot in the stomach, being transported out of the school.