Sep 5, 2012 / 8:42 pm
Richard Henry Bain left Montreal a couple of years ago to set up a fishing camp in the mountains north of the city, but 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 locally as the friendly Scottish guy who occasionally wears a kilt.
He has had his picture in the 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 man by that name in connection with the shooting that left one person dead and another wounded.
The suspect in Tuesday's attack was wearing a dark 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 camp 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.
-With files from Benjamin Shingler and Julien Arsenault
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