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Quebec shooting suspect: His gun jammed, saving lives, say police

Quebec shooting suspect Richard Henry Bain was arraigned Thursday on 16 charges, including murder, attempted murder, and possession of explosives. Bain, owner of a fishing and hunting lodge, had legally registered 22 guns.

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Richard Henry Bain arrives at court in Montreal on Thursday, Sept.6, 2012. Bain, 61, the suspect in a deadly shooting at a rally following the election of Quebec’s new separatist premier.

(AP Photo/Le Devoir via The Canadian Press, Jacques Nadeau)

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The suspect in a deadly shooting at a rally following the election of Quebec's new separatist premier was arraigned Thursday on 16 charges, including murder, attempted murder and possession of explosives.

Richard Henry Bain, 62, of La Conception, Quebec, made his first appearance in court behind protective glass Thursday after being accused of opening fire at a midnight victory rally Tuesday for Quebec's new premier, Pauline Marois of the separatist Parti Quebecois. Prosecutors said that after firing his gun, Bain used a flare to light a fire.

Bain, wearing a white T-shirt, appeared calm and alert during his appearance in the highly-secured courtroom. He was represented by a legal aid lawyer who he spoke with briefly. Bain is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 11.

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Denis Blanchette , was killed and a 27-year-old was injured just outside the Montreal theater.

Prosecutor Elaine Perreault said outside the courtroom that Bain had two weapons on him and three more in his car nearby. She said he had many more at home including shut guns, most of which were registered. She said he had 22 registered guns in total, but said authorities don't know exactly how many others he had at home. Bain was the owner of hunting and fishing lodge.

When asked if Bain targeted the premier, she said only that there might be additional charges. She said they are continuing to investigate the motive.

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