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Two Dead, 19 Wounded in Canada College Shooting


Canadian authorities say a gunman in a black trench coat has opened fire at a Montreal college, killing a young woman and sending students fleeing for their lives before being shot dead by police.

Police now say they believe the shooter acted alone. Initial reports said there may have been more than one gunman.

Authorities say the attack Wednesday at Dawson College panicked scores of students who fled into the streets. At least 19 people were wounded, six of them critically.

Witnesses say the man began his assault outside the college before going inside and continuing to fire in the cafeteria.

One student, Michel Boyer, said the gunman was shooting randomly inside the building and that everyone was screaming to get out.

The motive for the shooting is not known, but Police Chief Yvan Delorme dismissed suggestions that race or terrorism played a role.

A similar incident happened in Canada on December 6, 1989, when gunman Marc Lepin killed 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnique before turning the gun on himself.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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