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2 dead in car crash linked to drive-by shootings in Montreal

2 dead in car crash linked to drive-by shootings in Montreal

Two men in their 20s were killed Thursday morning after their vehicle crashed into a tree in the Rosemont neighborhood.

Montreal police suspect the crash is related to two drive-by shootings earlier that morning.

The first occurred around 5 a.m. on Pie-IX Boulevard. Police said a car was repeatedly shot at and the driver, a 41-year-old man, was wounded in the upper body. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, police said.

He gave police a description of a vehicle, which police then located not far from where the shooting occurred. Police would not confirm whether there was a chase, but the car then crashed into a tree, injuring the occupants.

A few kilometers away, shots were also reported in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood, near the intersection of St-Joseph Boulevard and Henri-Julien Avenue. No one was injured.

Police say they are investigating to determine if there is a connection between the collision and the shooting. Montreal police spokesman Jean-Pierre Brabant says it is possible that the occupants of the vehicle were involved in the shooting.

The province’s independent police watchdog is now involved.