Police say Montreal gunman killed self
Updated: 2006-09-15 06:52

MONTREAL, Sept 14 - The gunman who went on a shooting spree at a Montreal college, killing an 18-year-old female student and wounding 19 other people was obsessed with guns and death, according to his online journal.

An undated photo from the internet website vampirefreaks.com shows Montreal school killer Kimveer Gill.
An undated photo from the internet website vampirefreaks.com shows Montreal school killer Kimveer Gill.[Reuters]
Montreal's police chief, Yvan Delorme, confirmed on Thursday that the gunman, who died at the scene after a shootout with police on Wednesday afternoon, was Kimveer Gill, a 25-year-old man from a Montreal suburb.

On a Web site devoted to Goth culture, Gill said he was born July 9, 1981, in Montreal, was 6 feet, 1 inch tall and of East-Indian heritage.

Gill wrote in his blog on the site www.vampirefreaks.com that he liked guns and his trenchcoat and would prefer to die: "Like Romeo and Juliet -- or -- in a hail of gunfire."

Eyewitnesses at the shooting scene in downtown Montreal said the gunman wore a black trenchcoat and boots and his hair was cut in a military style -- close-cropped on the sides and back with a patch of hair on top.

Montreal health officials said that among the 19 people wounded, four remained in critical condition from gunshot wounds, while two had been moved from the intensive care ward. The victims' ages ranged from 17 to 48.

Officials identified the woman who died as Anastasia De Sousa, a student at Dawson College, an English-language school with about 10,000 students aged between 16 and 19, in the center of Canada's second biggest city.

Eyewitnesses said Gill began shooting outside the college at 12.41 p.m. (1641 GMT) on Wednesday, before going though its main doors to continue firing in all directions inside.

Police, who arrived at the scene almost immediately because they had been in the area on another call, followed him inside.

Quebec's provincial police force said an autopsy showed Gill died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and had one nonfatal wound in his arm, likely from a police bullet.

Police said Gill had wielded three firearms. Dozens of boxes of ammunition were found in his car, parked near the college.