Robert Charron was having marital difficulties but did not seek outside help before he stormed into his wife's Gatineau daycare with a gun last spring and killed an employee then himself, according to a Quebec coroner's report released Thursday.
The couple had separated several days before the April 5 shooting at the Roots of Life Montessori daycare at 225 Gamelin St.
Neil Galliou, 38, was on a working visit from France when Charron shot him in the face and stomach at the daycare. Galliou had been living in Canada for about a year.
Charron, 49, then went next door to 229 Gamelin St., warned daycare workers to get the children out and went to the office, the report detailed. He spread a flammable substance before unsuccessfully trying to start a fire.
The coroner confirmed that Charron died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Leslie Scott, of the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region, encouraged friends, family and health care workers to reach out for support and assistance as a third party if they're concerned about somebody.
"As much as we are doing a great job with (reducing) the stigma of mental health and getting help for ourselves and family and friends, there is still so much room for improvement, and we're still a little bit scared of going above and beyond and helping that person next to us," Scott said.
The Mental Health Crisis line is open 24-hours a day for support, she said.
"Our line is completely free and completely confidential," she said.