Jogger Targeted by Pellet Gun

Jogger Targeted by Pellet Gun

2014-08-11 - Air-gun-pelletsVal-Belair (Quebec) August 10, 2014 – Out for her regular 7PM jog around the neighbourhood on July 16th, Mme Claudine Hurens was suddenly shot at from behind by some passers-by in a vehicle. Mme Hurens was wearing a headset at the time listening to some music, like she usually does when jogging, and then suddenly, after a car had passed her, she felt a pain in her thigh. She thought nothing of it at first, believing it may have been a stone from one of the tires of the vehicle. Eventually reaching down to feel the pain she realised she was bleeding and immediately fell to the ground in complete shock. She had a 1 inch deep hole in her hip but still didn’t realise what it was. A neighbour came to offer help and once Mme Hurens had regained her composure she went to the hospital to have the wound looked at. Thedoctor discovered that she had been shot at with some sort of projectile. A lead pellet was found under her skin.

Mme Hurens was apparently not the only victim that evening while out on the street as three other adolescents had the same experience and one of them will have to keep the lead pellet in his body forever. It appears as if some youngsters were out on a joyride and decided to shoot at anyone or anything with no concern about the consequences.

Mme Hurens had a description of the vehicle and she thinks her 18 year old son may know some of the individuals who are involved. Word got around on the internet fairly quickly and between friends her son seems know who the culprits may be. The vehicle was apprehended this week, three weeks after the incident, and police may have a strong lead as to who was involved even possibly making an arrest on the spot. At the moment of publishing two individuals have been arrested, Jean Junior Barbeau-Mercier, 21, and another accomplice aged 17 whose name is being withheld because of his young age.

For the time being Mme Hurens is afraid to go out jogging for fear of being targeted a second time.

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