A condo rented by well-known entrepreneur Olivier Primeau in Laval was the target of gunfire overnight from Sunday to Monday, La Presse has learned. The principal concerned, however, claims that he was not the person targeted.
One or more suspects would have presented themselves around midnight and would have targeted the accommodation located on the 3rd floor of the Aquablu building complex, in Laval, on the side of rue Étienne Lajoie.
They allegedly got out of a car before firing several shots and fleeing, our sources said.
Around 9 a.m., the Service de police de Laval (SPL) was then alerted that shots had been fired at a particular condo, confirmed its spokesperson, Stephanie Beshara, without wanting to confirm the name of the owner. or the tenant of the condo in question.
Upon their arrival, the officers noted the presence of several bullet holes visible in the windows of the accommodation. Crime scene technicians were called to the scene to reconstruct the facts.
On Tuesday, planks were placed over the windows targeted by the shots.
The police will probably view the surveillance cameras of the building in order to identify the author of the shootings.
Joined Tuesday, Olivier Primeau confirmed the facts, but denied being the target of the shots. He spoke with SPL officers on Tuesday about it.
“In this tower, where I live, there are really people known to the world of crime,” he said, adding that this was information that the investigators would have communicated to him. “Are you my condo?” Are you the condo upstairs? Are you the guy who was there before me? I have no idea ! he speculated.
“I know it, I can say it, I have nothing to do with it. I’m zero stressed in there,” he later explained. “Who lives in the condo above mine?” I’ve no idea. »
The businessman, who confirms renting this condo bordering the Rivière des Prairies for “five or six” weeks, is currently in Miami, Florida, and was therefore not present on the evening of the crime.
Olivier Primeau, however, claims to fear the consequences of this news on his business. “I never had any threats, I never had anything. It’s so big for me, but I feel my life is zero in danger. Zero, zero, zero. It’s more the whole repercussion, if it comes out very badly in the news, it’s going to be a disaster for my businesses,” he says.
He adds that he is “100%” convinced that the police investigation will show that he was not the target of these shots.
If his family made a fortune in supermarkets, it is mainly thanks to the Beachclub in Pointe-Calumet, on the north shore of Montreal, that Olivier Primeau built his reputation.
After losing more than a million dollars during the pandemic due to health measures that forced the closure of this pleasure establishment, he admitted in an interview with the Journal de Montréal that he was not as fortunate as the public image he chooses to project.
More recently, the businessman also made a name for himself as a festival organizer by setting up Métro Métro, a weekend of electronic music concerts on the Esplanade of the Olympic Park, as well as Escapade, in Ottawa. , and Fuego Fuego, a Latin music festival at the Olympic Park.
Not to mention its many partnerships, current and past, with well-known brands such as Veuve Cliquot champagne and McDonald’s.
In 2019, the entrepreneur also told La Presse that the sale of cans of alcoholic beverage Beach Day Every Day, his house brand brewed by Labatt, had crossed the three million unit mark.