Matthew Vincent Raymond

On August 10th, 2018 at 7am in Fredericton, New Brunswick multiple calls came into the police department about dozens of shots fired in a residential area. The area immediately came locked down as residents were told to remain in their homes. Two officers responding to the scene were killed. Two civilians were also murdered. Raymond had shot them all from his storage room window at his Brookside Drive Fredericton apartment..

Police said they shot and arrested the suspect, a 48-year-old Matthew Vincent Raymond, who sustained serious injuries. Multiple media sources have reported that he was interested in first-person shooter video games and was known for being “ignorant” and “Islamophobic. Others, notably the office manager for the apartment complex, described him as “polite” and “pleasant. He was later found not criminally responsible. Why? “While in the grip of delusions about demons and a pending apocalypse has been found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder” The smart people tell us. Although he was never diagnosed with a mental disorder until after the shootings.

Matthew Raymond, who admitted to the killings, bowed his head and wiped away tears but said nothing.

Nathan Gorham, lead defence lawyer for Raymond, said his client is “grief-stricken” by the enormity of his crime. But Gorham said the verdict was the right one considering that Raymond was “very, very ill and was incapable of appreciating the nature and quality of what he was doing.”

During the trial, evidence taken from Raymond’s computer and other material found in his apartment revealed his deepening involvement with conspiracy theories, hoaxes, religious beliefs about end times and numerology. From 2017 until the shooting in 2018, his mental deterioration was marked by crazy beliefs about demons masquerading as political leaders and celebrities, about the earth being flat and about a coming apocalypse. On August 21st, 200 Raymond was deemed fit to stand trial. Then the jury found him not criminally responsible.

Victims

.The dead officers were 45-year-old Lawrence Robert Costello and 43-year-old Sara Burns. Police have identified two dead civilians as musician Donnie Robichaud 42 and his girlfriend, Bobbie-Lee Wright(nicknamed Bubbles) 32.

The ex-wife of victim Donnie Robichaud told the media that she swore at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his condolence call with her. Costello, 45, who had four children, the other Fredericton police constable who died was Sara Burns, 43, a wife with three children. They were the first officers to arrive at the scene of the early morning shooting and were shot as they rushed to help two people lying on the ground On 18 August, the two officers were given a regimental funeral. It was attended by hundreds of police officers from around the country, as well as friends and families of the victims.

Links

Global

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredericton_shooting

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/10/27/fredericton-shooter-mathew-raymond-testifies-in-his-defence-at-murder-trial.html

Phu Lam

On December 29, 2014, 53-year-old Phu Lam an Edmonton area maintenance man went on a killing spree in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He shot to death eight people, including two children, most of whom were his relatives. He then committed suicide at a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant, VN Express, in which he had a professional interest that allowed after hours access; the restaurant was located in Fort Saskatchewan, just Northeast of Edmonton. Lam had a criminal record dating back to 1987. On it were charges for drugs and violence related offences. At the time of the shooting, he was in bankruptcy proceedings and owed a large amount of money on at least a dozen credit cards due to a gambling problem. He had attended a recovery program for gambling addicts. Lam was arrested twice in Edmonton, for sexual and domestic assault. In November 2012, a complaint was filed against Lam after he threatened to kill his ex-wife Thuy Tien Truong and five other relatives. The final nail in the coffin I would believe here is when he found out his 8 year old son was not biologically his.

Lam killed seven relatives, including two children under the age of ten, in a house in north Edmonton. Lam then went into another house in the Haddow neighbourhood of Edmonton and killed Cyndi Duong. He then drove to Fort Saskatchewan where he entered a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, where he had after hours access in order to complete kitchen repairs, and committed suicide by shooting himself.

Lam had emigrated from Vietnam in 1979 and was visiting his home country when he met Truong in a coffee shop in 2000. They married six months later and she came to Canada in 2003. He sponsored her family to come as well in 2009.

Truong said in a 2012 application for an emergency protection order that her husband became very insecure and controlling shortly after she landed here. Lam changed her phone number because he didn’t want her to have any friends at all. He wanted to choose her clothes. He didn’t want her to work, but she got a job anyway. Then he smacked her. Once, he choked her so hard she thought she was going to die, she said. He threatened to kill her if she called police. Truong said in the document she was so unhappy she once had sex with another man. Lam became suspicious and ordered a DNA test that proved that their son, Elvis, was not his. Lam really wanted to “actually kill off her whole family and he was going to look for a gun, but no one was stupid enough to give him one,” a court interpreter said while translating Truong’s testimony during an emergency protection hearing.

Victims

  • Klarvatten house: Phu Lam’s wife, Thuy-tien Truong (known as Tien Truong), 35, and her eight-year-old son, Elvis Lam; her father Van-dang Truong, 55; her mother, Thi-dau Le, 55; her sister, Thanh-ha-thi Truong (known as Ha Truong), 33; her sister’s daughter, Valentina Nguyen, 3; Viet Nguyen, 41, Tien Truong’s male friend.
  • Haddow house: Cyndi Duong, 36.

Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmonton_shooting

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/what-made-edmonton-shooter-phu-lam-so-angry-that-he-killed-eight-people

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/broken-pieces-a-year-after-edmontons-worst-mass-murder