Sep 14, 2006

"Like Romeo and Juliet -or- In a hail of gunfire"

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Tombstone of Kimveer Gill Left: Image of mock tombstone from Kimveer Gill's homepage

(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.


Photo of Kimveer GillLeft: 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.

Postal 2 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.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Creepy!

Anonymous said...

You can't buy full automatic guns or burst fire in the US and Canada without a Class 3 permit, not to mention the weapon would cost a few thousand due to the 1986 ban. It was more than likely a semi automatic weapon. RIP to the victims.

Anonymous said...

The Beretta is technically not a "rifle." It's a carbine. It fires handgun-calibre rounds, like 9 mm, .40 calibre and .45 calibre. Still not something that you'd want to get shot with, but the range, lethality and obstacle penetration would be lower than a typical 5.56 or .308 or AK-variant rifle, whether semi-auto, bolt-action or full auto.

microdot said...

I believe there are many people like Gill in the world. Living on the edge of reality and fantasy, they internalize their pain. Being bullied is a part of modern adolesence. Either you are a bully or smart and tough enough to deal with it or become a professional victim.
Professional victims often take refuge in the fantasy revenge world offered by violent video games and the fantasy world begins to sabotage their view of reality.
I have known quite a few people who have literally walked over the edge and embraced fantasies.
Some have become wonderful eccentrics, living a fantasy beyond simple art.
Some have fallen into a pit and try to drag anything around them into it.
This phenomena of the wounded victim loner merging violent famtasies into horribly obscene reality seems to be a symptom of our modern world.

Name withheld to protect the guilty said...

What's sad is that the real complexity behind someone with mental problems will be reduced to a few sound bites.

Sigh...how long does anyone think it will be before Canada tries to put restrictions on violence in video games?

Anonymous said...

That is such garbage blaming video games.. im not even gonna start

Hooda Thunkit said...

If our society were smart, they would NOT give these attention seeking crazies the attention in death, which they so desperately craved during their pitiful existence, in life.

If our society were smart. . .