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1 person dead at Quebec day care, children safe

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 12:16 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, April 5, 2013 12:23 p.m. CST

GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — Police evacuated children from a daycare center just outside the Canada's capital on Friday after an adult was killed by gunfire.

Gatineau police Lt. Yves Comtois said all 53 children and the teachers are safe and unharmed.

The daycare center sits across the street from a hospital in this Quebec city, just across the river from Ottawa.

Comtois said he didn't know if the shooter was killed. He said the investigation is still in its early stages.

Sergeant Jean-Paul LeMay said at the scene that the shooting occurred at two houses that serve as a day care center. Lemay said police received a report of a shooting in the morning.

"None of the kids have been injured. There is one deceased person inside one of the two residences," LeMay said.

He said the kids were safe at a nearby house. He would not release details on who was killed or if the kids witnessed the shooting.

"We are proceeding with a very careful investigation," LeMay said. "An explanation would be pure speculation; we'll carry out our investigation and report on the results."

The shooting initially raised fears of a far worse incident in Quebec, where memories are still fresh of the December massacre of 20 children and six educators in a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school.

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Associated Press Writer Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto.

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