Montreal, Canada (CBS) -- Last night in Montreal, an election night rally turned into a frightening scene. A gunman opened fire in the crowd as the new leader of Quebec was giving her victory speech. She was not hurt, and the suspect is in custody.
Celebrating her election as Quebec's first female premier, Pauline Marois' security guards abruptly rushed her off the stage after shots were fired at the back of the theater only twenty feet away from her.
The gunman set a fire outside before police caught him. One victim died in the theatre, another was critically wounded.
A heavy-set man in his 50's, the shooter was wearing a ski mask and blue bathrobe. He was heard, shouting a mix of English and French, "The Anglos are waking up. There's going to be expletive payback. It's enough. Wanna make trouble."
It's not clear if he was trying to shoot Marois, but the attack could be politically motivated.
Marois, is the political leader of the Quebec separatists, who have, for years, aimed to secede from Canada.
The shots were fired just after Marois started speaking in English, something rarely done by the separatist party, but she wanted to assure English speaking citizens their rights would be protected.
After the shooter was arrested, Marois returned to the stage and calmly asked her supporters to leave peacefully.