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Daniel Massé, suspect in shootings in Marieville, Que., believed to be man found dead in car

The manhunt for a shooting suspect in Marieville, Que., appears to be over and residents are being allowed to return home.

2 men killed, 1 remains in critical state after Wednesday shootings

Quebec police believe man found dead in a car is Daniel Massé, the prime suspect in shootings that killed 2 and left another critically wounded 1:29

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  • Police believe they have found the body of shooting suspect Daniel Massé
  • Slain men identified as Marcel Hémond and Michel l'italien

The manhunt for a shooting suspect in Marieville, Que., appears to be over and residents are being allowed to return home.

Quebec provincial police told reporters this afternoon they found the body of a man in a car about 45 minutes from where the shootings took place.

An autopsy will need to be conducted to confirm the man's identity, but the Sûreté du Québec believes it is the body of the 59-year-old suspect, Daniel Massé.

The slain men have been identified as Marcel Hémond and Michel l'italien. The injured man was identified as Eric Choquette.

Police Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau said Massé was a resident of the area.

Bilodeau said investigators are still trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the shootings. 

"We don't know the exact link between the victims and the suspect right now, unfortunately," she said.

Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau says police are still trying to determine the link between the individuals involved in Wednesday's shootings. (CBC)

Shortly before 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, residents on a rural stretch of road reported hearing gunshots at a scrapyard in the town, about 30 kilometres east of Montreal.

Just after the gunshots were reported, police cordoned off a wide perimeter near the corner of Des Trente-six and Branche-du-Rapide roads, where about a dozen squad cars and several ambulances were visible behind the police tape.

Residences behind the perimeter were evacuated and people weren't allowed to return to their homes for nearly 24 hours. 

Cécile Boivin lives in the area and heard gunshots at about suppertime.

"I heard two 'bang bangs' when I let my dogs out before going to supper at my brother's house in Marieville," she said.

"Maybe 15 minutes after, I took my car to go to my brother's house and I saw three police cars."

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