Suspect in Quebec victory rally shooting set to appear in court

By Phil Couvrette and Rob Gillies, AP

MONTREAL — Neighbors and acquaintances of the man scheduled to be charged Thursday in the deadly shooting at an election victory rally in Quebec say he was sometimes frustrated by his unsuccessful business dealings but never had any public outbursts, leaving them to wonder how the businessman they knew became the rambling madman shown on television.

Police arrested Richard Henry Bain, 62, from La Conception, Quebec, accusing him of opening fire at a midnight victory rally Tuesday for Quebec’s new separatist premier, killing one man and wounding another. A police official identified the suspect to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he has not been charged yet.

Police said Bain is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning. Meanwhile, people who know Bain, the owner of a hunting and fishing resort 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Montreal, recalled his complaints about bureaucracy but could think of no political grievances he held. Quebec provincial police said the masked gunman wearing a bathrobe opened fire just outside the building where Pauline Marois of the separatist Parti Quebecois was giving her victory speech late Tuesday night.

The gunman was shown on television ranting and shouting “The English are waking up!” in French as police dragged him away.

The mayor of La Conception, Maurice Plouffe, said he was “very surprised” to hear Bain was tied to the shooting and said the photos of the suspect being dragged away by police “were not easy to watch.” Plouffe said Bain was sometimes frustrated in his dealings with the city after seeing a number of zoning requests were rebuffed, but added “I have never seen him become aggressive, he was quite normal.”