Hey, I'm just posting this for your thoughts on it. I am a student of Dawson College and I was on the 6th floor. The shooter entered from the 2nd floor back-entrance and started mowing down students with a semi-automatic carbine.
|College killer shot himself
Eight victims remain in hospital
Sep. 14, 2006. 07:49 PM
FROM CANADIAN PRESS
MONTREAL — Eight years ago he was a high-school senior with glasses, a baby face and two younger brothers living in a pretty bungalow on a tree-lined suburban street.
Kimveer Gill is now dead at age 25, his gory legacy summed up on an Internet diary that carries a tombstone with his name printed on it — over the phrase: “Lived fast died young. Left a mangled corpse.”
Investigators are now trying to determine what turned the teenager into the trenchcoat-clad, mohawk-wearing, self-described ``Angel of Death,” a man who avowed his hatred of humanity and predicted his own death in a hail of gunfire.
Gill’s grim prediction came true Wednesday as he strode into a college cafeteria wearing combat boots and mowing down 18-year-old Anastasia DeSousa of Montreal before killing himself during a gunfight with police at Dawson College.
Quebec provincial police said an autopsy Thursday revealed that Gill died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after being shot in the arm during a standoff with police.
Authorities searched Gill’s home Wednesday evening and seized his computer and other belongings.
“I don’t know what they found in the computer,” said his mother, who refused to give her name. “They took everything.”
She described her son as “a good man.... Just ask anybody. Ask the neighbours. He was a good son.”
While police have an answer about how Gill died, they still don’t know what prompted him to launch a commando-style assault on the school while students were having lunch.
“We don’t have any motive for now,” Montreal police Chief Yvan Delorme said Thursday.
Four people remained in critical condition as investigators tried to piece together the events of the previous day. Eight victims in all remained in Montreal General Hospital.
About 20 people were injured after Gill stormed into Dawson over the lunch hour with a semi-automatic rifle and two other guns.
He had an even larger arsenal squirreled away in the trunk of his car. Investigators found a stockpile of ammunition in his Pontiac parked outside the school.
Gill’s neighbours were stumped about what might have inspired the young man’s Columbine-themed shooting rampage.
Few of them appear to have ever had any contact with him. Several neighbours interviewed Thursday said they couldn’t recall a single conversation with any of the Gills in more than a decade since the family moved into the white-and-brick bungalow in Laval, just north of Montreal.
At least five neighbours told the same story of a family that kept to itself.
“Nobody really knows them,” said Louise Leykauf, who lives across the street in the tree-lined, comfortably middle-class neighbourhood. “They keep to themselves. I just said `hello’ and walked by.”
One neighbour recalls just one conversation with the killer’s father — a very brief one after the Gill boys chased his daughter down the street with a tree branch many years ago.
He says the father promised to talk to the boys, and said it would never happen again. Then it happened again.
“We confronted the kids the next time,” said the neighbour, who didn’t want his name used. “We told them, `Leave my daughter alone.’
“It never happened again.”
The neighbour wasn’t sure whether Gill was one of his daughter’s tormentors. The family’s next-door neighbour also said he didn’t know the boys’ names.
Raymond Masse remembers the closest thing he’s had to a chat with one of the family members in at least 10 years. He asked the young man with the Pontiac to move his car once, an order the young man obeyed.
“Was he the killer? I have no idea,” said Masse, who lives exactly next door.
Gill’s high-school yearbook offers few clues of a youngster headed for disaster. In fact, the 1998 yearbook at Rosemere High School offers nothing — not a single word beside the photograph of an unsmiling, bespectacled Gill.
School-board officials who saw the book Thursday said the blank space in Gill’s entry was unusual. Other students used the yearbook to share high-school reminiscences or parting wishes — but not Gill.
Years later, he had plenty to say on his blog.
An online image gallery contains more than 50 photos depicting the young man in various poses holding a Beretta CX4 Storm semi-automatic rifle and donning a long black trenchcoat and combat boots.
“His name is Trench,” he wrote on his vampirefreaks.com profile.
That nickname — like the clothes he wore and the violent video games he adored — evokes memories of the so-called “Trench Coat Mafia,” a clique of Columbine, Colo., youngsters whose members killed 13 people in 1999.
“You will come to know him as the Angel of Death,” says the site.
“He is not a people person. He has met a handfull (sic) of people in his life who are decent.” But he writes that he finds the vast majority to be “worthless, no good, kniving, betraying lieing (sic), deceptive.”
The last of Gill’s six journal entries Wednesday was posted at 10:41 a.m, about two hours before the gunman was shot dead after the college shooting.
In the latest one, Gill extols the virtues of a morning quaff of whisky. Other posts Wednesday deal with topics as mundane as dry contact lenses, purple freezies, and eating eggs and toast for breakfast.
It is not clear when the photographs were posted.
The blog’s prominent photo shows a close-up of Gill curled into the fetal position, his intense brown eyes peering into the camera from between his bent knees.
“Rock and Roll baby!” reads the caption below another photo, tongue outstretched, holding up a black semi-automatic weapon with one hand and making the sign of the devil with another.
“I think I have an obbsetion (sic) with guns . . . muahahaha,” is the inscription below another picture of Gill aiming the barrel of the gun at the camera.
“Anger and hatred simmers within me,” said another caption below a head shot of Gill grimacing.
The site also has lengthy lists of likes and dislikes. On the ``likes” list are: first-person-shooter video games, “Super Psycho Maniacs roaming the streets freely,” massacres, trenchcoats, destruction and “crushing my enemies skulls.”
He also shows a penchant for semi-automatic handguns, combat shotguns, sawed-off shotguns, assault rifles and myriad other weapons.
He dislikes: “The world and everything in it.”
“But to be more specific,” he continues, he hates jocks, preps, country music, Hip Hop, “all those who oppose my rule.”
Gill seems to harbour particular disdain for authority, including police, “all the government on Earth,” “bible-thumping know-it-alls” and God.
Gill’s list of favourite music groups is a who’s who of heavy metal: Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden, Danzig and Metallica, but only the “old stuff.”
His favourite movies list includes mostly gory horror films. He enjoys violent video games including the controversial “Postal,” a first-person shooter game, in which the protagonist goes on a killing spree while completing everyday errands.
A questionnaire on the blog reveals both banal and disturbing insights into Gill’s life.
He likes drinking, owns 300 CDs, prefers Burger King over McDonalds and says “heavy metal rules.”
He writes that he is 6-foot-1, was born in Montreal and is of Indian heritage. His weakness is laziness and he fears nothing. A goal he’d like to achieve by the end of the year is to stay alive.
However, responding to the question, “How do you want to die?,” Gill replied “like Romeo and Juliet — or in a hail of gunfire.”
Police said Gill had no criminal record and had never attended Dawson.
The Dawson Student Association, meanwhile, criticized school officials for not being there for students in the minutes and hours following the shooting spree.
In addition to Columbine, Wednesday’s shootings recalled Marc Lepine’s murderous rampage at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique school on Dec. 6, 1989, when he opened fire and ended up killing 14 women.
Police said the lessons learned from the Montreal Massacre about the need to co-ordinate emergency services and act promptly helped save lives.
Witnesses agreed that officers — who happened to be in the area — arrived on the scene within seconds and had Gill cornered in the cafeteria, taking cover behind a vending machine.