Suspect Arrested for 2023 Shooting of Montreal Jewish Institutions

By Matis Glenn

The Montreal City Police Service (SPVM) arrested a suspect in connection with shots fired at Jewish institutions in the Côte-des-Neiges area of Montreal in November of last year.

The suspect, 20-year-old Abdirazak Mahdi Ahmed, was arrested in the borough of LaSalle by the West Criminal Investigation Division of the SPVM following a lengthy investigation.

On November 9, around 4:30 a.m., shots were fired at Yeshiva Gedolah of Montreal. The outside of the building has a protective, bullet proof film, but the gunman shot through the metal door, reaching around 40 feet inside the building and hitting a marble wall.  

The incident occurred while students were sleeping in the dormitory.

Not long after the first incident, shots were fired at Herzilia Talmud Torah Elementary school, about 10 minutes away from Yeshiva Gedolah by car.

B’chasdei Hashem, no injuries were reported from either incidents.

Later on Wednesday, the suspect appeared at the Montreal courthouse to face charges of discharging a firearm, theft and receiving stolen vehicles.

Police were investigating the incident as a hate crime.


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