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Sun Nov 1, 2020, 05:22 PM

Man charged with 2 counts of 1st-degree murder after Halloween sword attack in Quebec City

24-year-old chose victims at random, stabbing 2 to death, wounding 5, police allege


A 24-year-old man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder after allegedly attacking seven people with a sword in the historic district of Quebec City while dressed in a medieval outfit on Halloween night.

Court documents identify the accused as Carl Girouard. The tall, thin man with dark hair appeared before a judge by video conference on Sunday.

The documents do not reveal Girouard's home address, but Radio-Canada has learned he is from Sainte-Thérèse, Que., a town located about 20 kilometres northwest of Montreal.

Police issued a statement on Twitter on Sunday afternoon saying that the coroner had identified the two victims who lost their lives as François Duchesne, 56, and Suzanne Clermont, 61.

On Halloween night, police were contacted at about 10:30 p.m. and discovered victims in at least four locations, including near the Château Frontenac hotel, on du Trésor Street, and on des Remparts Street, according to Radio-Canada.

After a two-and-a-half-hour manhunt, a man was arrested shortly before 1 a.m., about one kilometre north of the area in the city's Old Port.

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