MONTREAL (AP) _ A veteran crime reporter for Le Journal de Montreal was shot Wednesday morning in the newpaper's parking lot, police said.

Michel Auger's injuries were not life-threatening, and he was in stable condition at a hospital.

Auger was attacked as he walked into the newspaper's offices. On Tuesday, the tabloid published a two-page spread written by Auger about recent biker-related murders.

Le Journal Publisher Paule Beaugrand-Champagne said Auger has covered crime for 25 years and has been threatened in the past.

``This is disgusting because it's an attack on democracy,'' Beaugrand-Champagne said.

The newspaper said Auger has always taken security precautions and had been taking different routes to work every day.