Police are still searching for the people responsible for acts of vandalism that damaged windows of Concordia’s EV and JMSB buildings last week on the SGW campus.
They have concluded that the windows were most likely cracked by some type of projectile launched from the street below the night before the incidents were reported.
“Only the outer pane of glass was cracked, which means it must have come from outside,” said Concordia spokeswoman Chris Mota.
The incident led to a few tense hours Wednesday morning. Rumours flew around campus after police received a 911 call stating that windows on JMSB’s 14th floor had been hit by a projectile which some, including CTV’s Twitter feed, originally reported as a shot.
After arriving on the scene, police barricaded de Maisonneuve Boulevard. between Guy and Pierce Streets, with siren-flashing cars guarding the entrance at either end. An officer at the scene explained that this was a safety precaution, put in place in case the remaining glass should fall.
By mid-afternoon, rumours of a shooter had been dispelled and the snarled traffic became the main story. Impatient drivers negotiated around the roadblock as a crane finally arrived to repair the windows.
By the time the panes of glass were knocked loose from the 14th floor and shattered across de Maisonneuve, Constable Anie Lemieux had issued the statement that, although a full investigation would be held, the damage was probably due to vandalism.
“It may have been a pellet gun, or something thrown from one of the nearby construction sites,” she said. “We are still investigating the incident.”
The damage to windows at the EV building occurred earlier, possibly over the weekend, Mota said. Maintenance workers noticed the cracks Monday morning.
It is not yet known whether the same people were responsible for the damage at both buildings. Police have not charged anyone in connection with the vandalism.