Actor criticizes security during PQ victory speech
Published Friday, September 7, 2012 12:49PM EDT
Makeshift memorials are in front of the Metropolis to pay homage to Denis Blanchette, the sound technician murdered during Pauline Marois's victory speech.
He will be given a civic funeral, a tribute usually reserved for politicians, or police officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty.
But many people are coming forward and saying Blanchette would not have died Tuesday night if security agents had done their job.
Actor Yves Desgagnés was the MC during the PQ victory celebrations, and the man who came onstage immediately after the Premier-designate was whisked away by security following the shooting.
In a newspaper interview Desgagnés said that he told the Surete du Quebec officers earlier in the evening that he thought the security was lax, with rear doors unsecured and too many people walking backstage.
The actor says he was told that security was not his concern.
However while Marois was in the middle of her victory speech following the PQ win of a minority government, a gunman was able to enter the Metropolis theatre through an unguarded and open door just metres from the stage.
Blanchette died and another audio technician was seriously injured struggling to keep the man out of the building.
The gunman's weapon reportedly jammed, but he was still able to hurl a Molotov cocktail inside the theatre and set fire to part of the building.
A suspect was promptly arrested, but in a move that other security experts are criticizing, Marois was rushed toward the scene of violence -- she said on Wednesday that she and her family saw the flames.