MONTREAL - A pair of gunfire incidents in St. Michel have raised fears that a street gang conflict could soon turn deadly.

In the first instance, an unidentified assailant fired several bullets at a 35-year-old man at the corner of 9th and Denis-Papin around 5 p.m. Friday.

The intended target, who is known to police, was not hit by the projectiles.

Authorities failed to apprehend the shooter, who fled the scene but they hope that a witness comes forward.

“Police officers, with the investigators, are on the scene meeting with some witnesses. There were a lot of people on the street, so they are meeting with people trying to get any information on the suspect,” said Montreal police representative Danny Richer immediately following the incident.

The would-be victim was transported to hospital where he was treated for shock just after 5 p.m. Friday.

Police believe the attempted shooting was related to street gangs.

About 12 hours later, still in St. Michel but on the other side of the old quarry, shots were  fired in the parking lot of a Tim Horton’s fast-food outlet at Jarry and Papineau, according to Montreal police.

Police would say little else about that incident, which took place at around 5 a.m.

The shots did not appear to have caused any harm.