The suspect in a deadly shooting at a rally following the election of Quebec's new separatist premier has been arraigned on 16 charges, including murder, attempted murder and possession of explosives.
Richard Henry Bain, 61, of La Conception, Quebec, made his first appearance in court behind protective glass after being accused of opening fire outside the midnight victory rally on Tuesday for Pauline Marois of the Parti Quebecois.
Prosecutors said that after the shooting, Bain used a flare to light a small fire.
The heavyset Bain, dressed in white, appeared calm and alert during his appearance in the highly secured courtroom. He spoke briefly with his court-appointed lawyer but did not address the court, and there was no plea. Bain is scheduled to return to court on October 11.
The shooting killed Denis Blanchette, 48, and wounded a 27-year-old just outside a Montreal theatre. The suspect's gun jammed after the initial shots were fired, a Quebec police official said, possibly saving lives.
Prosecutor Eliane Perreault said outside the courtroom that Bain had two weapons on him and three more in his car nearby. She said the weapon used in the shooting was a legally registered long gun.
Weapons charges include negligent storage of weapons and ammunition. Among the weapons in his possession were a 9mm Luger, a Beretta, a Ceska Zbrojovka carbine, a semi-automatic 22LR and .357 Magnum revolver.
When asked if Bain targeted the premier, Ms Perreault said only that there might be additional charges. She said authorities were continuing to investigate the motive.
Bain was in a "proper state of mind" to appear in court after spending some time in a hospital, she said.
Ms Marois was whisked off the stage by guards and was not injured. She called the shooting an isolated event and said it was probably a case of a person who has "serious health issues".