Montreal police pinned Thursday night the suspect who allegedly opened fire on a man who came to meet him to buy him a cell phone last week in the east of the metropolis.

The alleged perpetrator of the attempted murder, a 19-year-old young man, appeared Friday afternoon at the Montreal courthouse.

He faces multiple charges including attempted murder, discharging a firearm and robbery.

The facts with which the accused is charged occurred on the evening of April 2. After an online discussion – through a classifieds site – the suspect would have made an appointment with the 26-year-old victim at an address located on rue Tellier, in the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga -Maisonneuve.

At this location, the victim was to purchase a cell phone sold by the suspect through an online classifieds site.

“The victim shows up at the meeting around 7 p.m. and finds that the seller is absent and that he does not live at the address provided. While turning back, the victim is suddenly threatened in the middle of the street by an armed individual ordering him to give him his money and his cell phone. An altercation ensued and the suspect fired a projectile at the victim,” detailed the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) in a press release.

Hit in the chest, the victim managed to escape and ask for help a few streets away.

The 26-year-old man was rushed to hospital and survived the attack.

Different investigative techniques were used to successfully catch the alleged perpetrator of the attempted murder.

The SPVM took the opportunity to remind people that there are four “secure zones” in Montreal to complete transactions concluded online with another person.

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