PQ shooting suspect: a man with big dreams for his business
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Richard Henry Bain left Montreal a couple of years ago to set up a fishing lodge in the mountains north of the city and dreams of expanding his business were apparently delayed by bureaucratic roadblocks.
Hours before gunshots rang out at a Parti Quebecois rally on Tuesday, Bain had been sent a note informing him that his request for an ice-fishing licence at his lodge had been put off.
Bain is known as the friendly Scottish guy who occasionally wears a kilt. He has had his picture in the local paper standing next to Celine Dion. He's the generous neighbour who shares a freshly caught trout and drives passengers around in his military vehicle decorated with Mickey Mouse decals.
The locals are now shocked by news that has made international headlines.
Police sources confirmed they arrested a suspect by that name in the Montreal shooting that left one person dead and made headlines around the world.
The suspect in Tuesday's attack was wearing a housecoat and black facemask when he was tackled by police. He shouted about an awakening of English-speaking Quebecers as he was whisked away.
A hospital statement said Wednesday a man in police custody was undergoing an evaluation. Police said there could be charges laid in the case Thursday.
A Facebook page says a Richard Henry Bain runs a riverside lodge near Mont-Tremblant, Que. A website for the business was taken down Wednesday.
Bain, 62, was in constant contact with officials at the local municipality, La Conception, over the past several months as he tried to expand his business, according to the village manager.
He had applied to add licences for hunting and ice fishing at the lodge, Marie-France Brisson said in an interview.
The village received a copy of a letter addressed to Bain from a biologist conducting an environmental assessment.
It said the ice-fishing licence needed further study before being approved.
The village received its copy Tuesday, hours before the shooting. Brisson said Bain may have received the letter the same day.
``He was a man that was calm and polite who could also be frank,'' Brisson said.
``He could sometimes be frustrated (with the bureaucratic process).''
There is no evidence of any link between the man's business interests and the shooting.
Neighbours who live across the highway from the entrance to Bain's property couldn't believe the friendly, generous man they know as ``Rick'' or ``Scottish'' could be linked to such an
Bain, who was occasionally seen wearing a kilt, would sometimes down beers with locals in the rural mountainous area close to the popular Mont-Tremblant park.
He wasn't all business, all the time.
A photo in a local newspaper from earlier this year shows Bain, dressed in a dapper black suit and white-collared shirt, standing alongside Celine Dion in Las Vegas.
The newspaper, Info du Nord Tremblant, said Bain and another man, David Bain, won VIP tickets at a local fundraising auction to see the singer last January.