(Montreal) The headline refers to the manner in which trench-coat wearing Kimveer Gill indicated that he wanted to die, and it appears that he got his wish.
Gill, 25, opened fire yesterday at a college in downtown Montreal, slaying a young woman and wounding at least 19 other people before police shot and killed him, according to witnesses and authorities.
Gill's site at VampireFreaks.com has been pulled, but a cached version is still available at this link. The writings of Kimveer Gill, who lived in the Quebec city of Laval, paint a picture of a young man clearly focused on death. In the hours before his shooting rampage, Gill referred to his mood as "Crazy," "Postal, and "Dead."
From his numerous posts in the days and hours leading up to September 13 it appears that Gill had been drinking heavily, and his writing is filled with comments such as "Have I mentioned that i like to drink" and "Whiskey taste good, yes?" Gill ominously used the screen name "fatality 666" at VampireFreaks.com, and he often wrote about the problem of school bullying, such as this post on September 12:
It's not only the bullies fault, but the principal's fault for turning a blind eye ... it's the police's fault for not doing anything when people complain (ooooops) my mistake, the cops are corrupt sons of whores, so it's not like they can do anything about it. Fuck the police.
Left: Photo of Kimveer Gill from his homepage
Gill also displayed considerable paranoia in his posts, with comments such as this: "I wonder why my household has been under surveillance by law enforcement for 6 years now? Makes no sense to me!!"
Montreal police said the department received the first call about the shooting rampage at Dawson College during lunch, at 12:41 pm. Witnesses reported seeing the man shooting students near a school entrance without provocation.
As the police arrived, witnesses said, Gill entered the building, continuing to fire randomly as he made his way toward a crowded cafeteria. At least six of the victims are in critical condition in Montreal area hospitals.
Left: Video game "Postal 2"
Among the obsessions in the life of Kimveer Gill was the video game Postal2, in which players assume the role of 'The Postal Dude', a tall man with a goatee, sunglasses, and a black leather trench coat. The object of the game is to go through as much of the day as possible without going "postal" and gunning down innocent bystanders. Gill wrote the following about Postal2 on September 10:
Wish they make Postal 3, like really really good. Postal 2 Share the Pain was o.k. but too childish, i want them to make a game so realistic, that it looks and feels like it's actually happening...Postal dude was sad before he became angry and psychotic, that's the part we're never seen in the game. He was normal, but the world made him the way he became, gotta show that in the game and movie too.
Gill's image gallery depicts the young man in various poses holding a Beretta CX4 Storm semi-automatic rifle while wearing a long black trenchcoat and combat boots.
Perhaps Gill took it upon himself to show us - in his demented way - his real-life vision of the Postal Dude.