The folks at Metroblogging Montreal have been covering yesterday's mass shooting in that city by a man believed to be 25-year-old Kimveer Gill.
Here is a cached copy of his blog (warning: loud Goth music auto-loads), and here are photo portraits in which he poses with various weapons. A photoshopped gravestone he posted on his blog reads, "Lived fast died young. Left a mangled corpse" (image link).
One of his favorite online games was the free role-playing game Super Columbine Massacre RPG!, according to his blog. Danny "Columbin" Ledonne, the maker of that game, has posted a statement here.
Gill's last journal entry on vampirefreaks.com was dated September 13, 2006, 10:41:am — precisely 2 hours before he is believed to have fired the first bullets at Dawson College, where a total of 19 people were shot. The gunman was shot dead by police. The "mood indicator" tag on Gills final journal entry from that morning read:
Mood: No mood :(
Posthumous online footprints like this often show up after highly-publicized violent crimes, and I usually don't post them. It seems morbid, like turning a killer into an online celebrity. But it's so strange to see what this self-obsessed sociopath documented of his life (he took tons of online quizzes, and dug Dave Chappelle, South Park, Conan O'Brien, and The Daily Show). So strange and troubling to see all the "rock on!" comments people wrote next to snaps he posted of himself preening with a CX4 Storm Semi-Automatic Carbine.
Here's a related NYT story: Link.
Previously: Gunman opens fire at Montreal's Dawson College
Jeremy Clarke says,
I randomly checked a page of the archives of Gill's journal and found this post in which he worries about CSIS (Canadian CIA) and RCMP officers reading blogs on the VampireFreak site and arresting people for posting photos of themselves with guns, death threats etc.
He then encourages posters to post such things as private entries (assumedly similar to the LJ functionality where only people who are friends within the system can read it). This makes me suspect that there may be more or many more posts written solely for those he knew on the site, as well as implying that the strange Dave Chapelle final post could be intentionally misleading.