(PM) – A 24-year-old Canadian man was charged with dual counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder on Sunday after the suspect rampaged through a historic district of Quebec City overnight wearing medieval garb and armed with a sword.
Police were contacted on Halloween evening at about 10:30 p.m. local time and found victims in four separate locations not far from Parliament Hill in the provincial capital of Quebec, according to CBC-Radio Canada.
After a two-hour manhunt, police arrested Carl Girouard. Girouard was described by CBC as a “tall, thin man” when he appeared before a judge by video conference on Sunday.
Police Chief Robert Pigeon said the suspect came to Quebec City on Saturday intending to carry out “the most damage possible”, adding that “everything leads us to believe he chose his victims at random” but that the crime premeditated.
“My and Sophie’s hearts are broken for the loved ones of the victims of this terrible tragedy, and we wish a full recovery to those who have been injured,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement Sunday.