At 11:42 p.m. inside a downtown Montreal theatre, Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois took to the stage to claim her win after a hard-fought election campaign.
Her supporters were jubilant as they listened to what was supposed to be a historic speech from the woman soon to become Quebec's first female premier.
Soon after Marois began talking, the first signs of trouble appeared as she was quickly whisked off the stage. Outside the theatre a man lay dead and another wounded. The alleged shooter was later arrested by police.
Through police reports and eyewitness accounts, CBC's Ioanna Roumeliotis pieces together the events from Tuesday night's fatal shooting, when a historic political celebration turned into a tragic crime scene.
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CBC Montreal reporter Sabrina Maradola was in the Metropolis covering Parti Québécois victory celebration.
Marois says she will find compromises in this minority government #cbcmtl #qc2012 http://yfrog.com/mmj9vnxjSabrina Marandola
During Pauline Marois's speech, her security detail approached her and escorted her off-stage.
Une image de Pauline Marois lors de son évacuation de la scène au Métropolis http://pic.twitter.com/RdpStLjG #qc2012Radio-Canada Info
CBCNews.ca has the video as it appeared live on TV.
Marois rushed off stageParti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois is rushed off the stage during her speech
YouTube user Sarah F. upload this video taken from the crowd at the Metropolis. Marois leaves the stage around the 25-second mark and the crowd is left in stunned silence.
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Marandola and Postmedia's Stephen Maher were covering the rally when the crowd was asked to leave. Marois soon returns to the stage to complete her speech.
Everyone asked to leave the venue calmly #cbcmtl #qc2012Sabrina Marandola
This is unnerving.Stephen Maher
A representative for the PQ tells the crowd that someone set off a blank or a sound grenade.
We're told a sound grenade went off. People leaving but Marois back at podium. #cbcmtl #qc2012Sabrina Marandola
She's made out of tough stuff, eh.Stephen Maher
Supporters not leaving. They stick around to hear Marois' final few words of her victory speech. #cbcmtl #qc2012Sabrina Marandola
Vincent Dessureault of Radio X in Montreal followed Marois as she was being escorted out of the Metropolis and posted the video to YouTube.
Vidéo que j'ai capté durant l'évacuation de Pauline Marois du Métropolis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1a64Capo4g #qc2012 #radioxmtl Émission spéciale en coursVincent Dessureault
Évacuation de Pauline Marois du Métropolisqc400
Following Marois's speech, CBC's Nancy Wood asked Montreal police what was happening outside the Metropolis. At the time, police were investigating the shooting, the fire set behind the Metropolis and arresting the alleged shooter.
@SPVM what's going outside Metropolis? Any official word?Nancy Wood
@cbc_nancywood We are validating all the information. We will get back to you in a couple of minutes. #Qc2012Police Montréal
UPDATE: a blank was apparently fired outside Metropolis #cbcmtlSabrina Marandola
Photo de l'homme arrêté #qc2012 #metropolis #PQ http://pic.twitter.com/C1lzTiMjThomas Gerbet
A Reddit user, aardvark2zz, posted a first-hand account there, as well:
1 minute ago. Fire. Man trying to start an explosive fire at PQ winning party after she said she wants quebec independence. Saw him on the ground with police. He had a rifle and a hand gun. Welcome to Quebec politics this century. : canada1 minute ago. Man trying to start an explosive fire at PQ winning party after she said she wants quebec independence. Saw him on the grou...
Regarding the event that just happened at Metropolis : 2 people injured and 1 person arrested. More info will follow shortly. #Qc2012Police Montréal
Firefighters now walking through the Metropolis #cbcmtl #qc2012Sabrina Marandola
Police dispersing crowd of Pequistes in front of Metropolis. http://lockerz.com/s/241479825Stephen Maher
Strong smell of smoke inside Metropolis #cbcmtl #qc2012Sabrina Marandola
Around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, police confirmed that a man opened fire behind the Metropolis and that two people suffered gunshot wounds.
Police say 50-yr-old man opened fire ooutside Metropollis. 2 injured and in critical condition. #cbcmtl #qc2012Sabrina Marandola
Around midnight, in back of the Metropolis, a man opened fire and wounded two people (critical condition). The man was arrested. #Qc2012Police Montréal
Mtl police say armed suspect entered Metropolis by the back and opened fire. He has been arrested. #cbcmtl #qc2012Sabrina Marandola
Police have cleared the street out front. Am now recovering in Foufounes Electrique, preparing to fortify myself with a Boreal Rousse.Stephen Maher
I hope to hear some very calming talk from our politicians about this.Stephen Maher
Important - Event at Metropolis: a person is deceased. More informations will follow shortly. #Qc2012Police Montréal
Montreal police confirm one dead at Metropolis.Sabrina Marandola
Three men injured at scene, police say. http://lockerz.com/s/241496347Stephen Maher