Shooting Second Death of Gamelin Street Resident This Year

July 19, 2012

LaSalle—As police investigated the shooting of 60-year-old Walter Ricardo Gutierrez outside of 760 Gamelin last Monday, residents inside wondered how they’re supposed to protect themselves.

“Since we’ve belonged to Montreal six or seven years ago, we get all the scrap,” said Lucy Brosseau, who lives in the 760 Gamelin building. “I’m pretty sure they knew all about him and they took him. People from Douglas. People from jail. They send everyone here now. It’s not safe.”

Brosseau’s concerns are exacerbated by the fact that Gutierrez’ death is the second violent death in the neighbourhood this year. Last February 28, Ginette Maheux died in her 5th floor apartment at 720 Gamelin. She was only 46-years-old and used a wheelchair.

Police are still investigating Maheux’s death, although she is not included in their list of 16 people murdered in Montreal since January.

Residents think that the man who was shot this week has lived in a first floor apartment in 760 for the last six months. The OMHM couldn’t be reached prior to deadline to confirm whether this is true.

Whether the one-time cocaine-dealer was visiting someone in the building or heading home when he was gunned down doesn’t matter to the residents though. They’re scared. They feel vulnerable and surrounded by criminals and those with severe health issues, yet their publicly-run seniors’ buildings offer limited on-site security and no on-site health services.

Even services they do have don’t work well. Emergency calls to the tenant repair hotline often take months to resolve, unless they go public. Rat and mice sightings go ignored.

One tenant in 760 complained of mold in her apartment for months before a Suburban reporter took a sample of the green dust for testing. Repairs were then completed within three days.

Another tenant, this time in 720 Gamelin, complained of bedbugs. Her apartment was disinfected, but the apartments to either side weren’t. The problem likely remains in the building.

Notes: This article was published in The Suburban’s City edition yesterday.

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