Two People Dead, Five Injured After Stabbing Attack in Quebec City on Halloween Night

The attacks occurred late Saturday in a neighborhood near the Quebec provincial Parliament building. (Credit…Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)

The police in Quebec City said on Sunday that they had arrested a man dressed in medieval garb and brandishing a sword after a series of stabbings on Halloween night left two people dead and five others wounded.

The attacks occurred late Saturday in a historic district of Quebec City near the building that houses the provincial Parliament.

“It has all the ingredients of a horror film, a man disguised who goes out on Halloween and kills people,” said Hadi Hassin, a local journalist who lives in the area. “I go out every night in the district and will be spooked for a while.”

The police identified the suspected attacker as Carl Girouard, 24, and said he came from a suburb northwest of Montreal. Mr. Girouard, who appeared before a judge via video conference on Sunday, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder.

The police chief of Quebec City, Robert Pigeon, said the suspect was not known to be associated with any terrorist organization, and the mayor suggested that mental illness might have been a factor.

Chief Pigeon said the attack appeared to have been premeditated and motivated by personal reasons. He added that medical records showed that five years ago the suspect had threatened an act of violence.

Chief Pigeon said the attacker had used a Japanese-style sword and had lunged at his victims, appearing to choose them randomly. He said the attacker had acted “with the intention of doing the most damage possible” and noted that officers were investigating 25 crime scenes.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Dan Bilefsky