Update: Man Shot on Florida Street, Drives Into House

A man has reportedly been taken to the hospital after being shot and backing into a home at 44 Florida Street.

Sandy Gagnon was in the bottom floor of her home at 44 Florida Street when she heard the gun fire and a loud crash.

Gagnon looked behind the door in her basement to find a man standing on her couch.

The man, who she described as tall, black, and in his mid-twenties, seemed to have backed into the house to escape gunfire.

"We heard four or five shots and then the house shook so I ran to get my firearm,"said Sandy's husband, Brad Gagnon. "I pulled him out at gunpoint before I realized he wasn't the one shooting,"

The couple said they had seen the black BMW that had somehow driven into their basement before, parked across the street on several occasions. The man who owns the vehicle, they explained, normally parks there and walks up to nearby Morin Heights housing complex.

A woman who was at the scene may have also have been in the vehicle during the incident, though police could not confirm the details in their ongoing investigation.

The Gagnons said a friend took the man, whose identity has also not yet been released by police, to the hospital.

Neighbor Jared Perry, 14, was walking his dog when he heard the gunshots. "You never think something like this will happen in your neighborhood until it does," Perry said.

The vehicle had backed into the basement and was facing the street, a decision which the Gagnons believe was intentional, as the man tried to escape gunfire.

"All you could see was the hood and the two front doors," said Perry. "It doesn't make any sense to me."

The Gagnon's children, ages 8 and 13, were also in the home at the time of the accident. An eight-foot section of the home was destroyed and police said there may have been structural damage to the building. Police on the scene at 10 p.m. told the couple they would not be able to stay in their home Thursday evening.

The couple said their home was built around six years ago and they have lived in it since, though they've recently been discussing moving.

"This is one of the reasons why," said Brad Gagnon. Around $2,000 of recently purchased motorcycle parts which were stored in the area were reportedly destroyed in the crash.

A police detail will watch over the residence while the family seeks shelter for the night.

Gerryann Ashworth July 17, 2011 at 12:40 AM
Ill bet that drugs were somehow involved in this. Drug deal gone bad? Most likely....


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