Coroner delivers report on Gatineau daycare murder-suicide

Robert Charron stormed into his wife's Gatineau daycare with a gun last April and killed an employee then himself, according to a Quebec coroner's report released Thursday.

Robert Charron was having marital difficulties but did not seek help for them, coroner notes

Parents arrived to pick up the children who were cared for at neighbouring daycare buildings, which was the site of a shooting Friday, April 5. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

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.