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Quebec man dies after being shot in St. Maarten

Global Affairs Canada has confirmed a Quebecer was shot and killed during a robbery in St. Maarten in the Caribbean.

The man was taken to a hospital in Florida after the attack, where he later died

A Quebec man is dead after he and his daughter were attacked while on vacation in St. Maarten. (Dulani Samarappuli/Facebook)

Global Affairs Canada has confirmed a Quebec man was shot and killed during a robbery in the Dutch Caribbean territory of St. Maarten.

Sylvain Valade, 48, died in hospital Friday night. 

Local police said Valade and his daughter were attacked by a stranger Wednesday night in the Beacon Hill area. They said there was a brief struggle and Valade was shot. 

The suspect then jumped into a small vehicle and fled the scene. Police say three other vehicles sped off at the same time. 

Valade was taken to a hospital in Florida, where he later died. 

"Canadian consular officials are in contact with local authorities in Florida to gather additional information and are ready to provide the necessary consular assistance," Brittany Fletcher, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada, said in an email.

In a Facebook post, St. Maarten police asked for witnesses — "mainly those persons who were in the immediate vicinity when the robbery took place" — to come forward. 

It said the investigation was moving along, "but the information is not coming in quickly enough."

"It is definitely in the best interest of Sint Maarten that we do our utmost to bring those responsible for this senseless act of violence to justice."

With files from Valeria Cori-Manocchio and Radio-Canada