Frederick Gingras charged with 2 counts of 1st-degree murder

Frederick Gingras has been arraigned on multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder, following an overnight crime spree that left two dead and two injured Sunday.

Multiple crime scenes linked to Gingras dotted Montreal's east end Monday morning

Frederick Gingras is accused of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. (Frederick Gingras/Facebook)

A 21-year-old Montreal man with a history of mental health and drug problems has been arraigned on four charges, including two counts of first-degree murder, following an overnight crime spree that left two dead and two injured Sunday.

Frederick Gingras was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of James Jardin and Chantal Cyr, a 49-year-old mother who had been waiting to pick up her daughter from work in Pointe-aux-Trembles. 

Gingras was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at the Pinel Institute to determine if he's fit to stand trial.

He is scheduled to be back in court on Dec. 16.

Police say Jardin was shot at least once and and a significant amount of drugs were found along with him in a residence on 1st Avenue near Ste-Catherine Street in the east-end district of Pointe-aux-Trembles.

Later in the evening, Cyr was waiting in her car outside an Esso station at the corner of St-Jean-Baptiste Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street when she was allegedly shot by Gingras.

She later died in hospital, police said.

The scene where Chantal Cyr was found shot in the upper body. She later died in hospital. (Charles Contant/CBC)

Gingras has also been charged with two counts of attempted murder related to injuries sustained by Annie Baiillargeon and Gerard Lalonde.

Long criminal record

Gingras, whose listed address is also in Pointe-aux-Trembles, has a criminal record dating back to 2014.

He was recently given three years probation for punching his mother in the face in October.

After spending 31 days in jail, he pleaded guilty to an assault charge, under which he was required meet a number of conditions, including a psychiatric follow-up. 

In June 2014, he pleaded guilty to harassment and assaulting a police officer in Repentigny. Earlier in the same year, he pleaded guilty to harassment.

In the years since, he was found guilty of failing to comply with the conditions of his parole on at least six occasions.

​The deaths were Montreal's 22nd and 23rd homicides of 2016.