At around 3:45 PM on Thursday, the small Ontario town of St. Catharine's erupted in panic as a gunman opened fire and shot several rounds of bullets, injuring three. Two victims were airlifted to a trauma centre in Toronto with life-threatening injuries, the third victim remains at a local hospital for treatment.
Niagara Regional Police say that they initially responded to a report of a male shot in the area of Church Street and Niagara Street in the City of St. Catharines. After an overnight forensic investigation, police have finally released descriptions of the two suspects involved in the daylight shooting.
According to a statement released by the Niagara Regional Police early this morning, the two suspects are "considered armed and should not be approached." They have also released the following physical descriptions of the suspects:
-Black, early 20s, 5'11, dark complexion, short hair, earrings, slim build, black shirt with white writing on the front, black shorts to above the knee with white on sides, change in pockets.
- Black, early 20s, 6'3, muscular build, dreadlocks in a ponytail tucked inside a black hat, black shirt, grey track pants.
Heavy @NiagRegPolice presence remains in the Niagara Street/ Church Street area in St Catherine’s. Police suspect that a 9MM handgun was used in earlier shooting of 3 individuals. @OPP_GTATraffic assisting in the area #StcShooting pic.twitter.com/XE74ZsRvmH— Andrew Collins (@ACollinsPhoto) September 7, 2018
Police investigate shooting near east 7th and St. Catherines. Woman in serious condition, appears targeted. pic.twitter.com/CC5c603tRq— Tanya Beja (@TBejaGlobal) May 24, 2017
Residents in the area, who were told by police to stay away from the scene, were finally allowed to return home just after 11:00 PM Thursday night.
Police say in the statement that, after their examination, detectives do not believe that the shooting was a random attack. "Anyone who has knowledge of who the suspects are should encourage them to contact their counsel to assist with a safe and peaceful surrender," the statement reads.
Very active scene still in the area of Niagara Street/ Church Street in St Catherine’s after earlier shooting. Heavily armed officers visible in the area. pic.twitter.com/Ow621gP44W— Andrew Collins (@ACollinsPhoto) September 6, 2018
"We recognize the need/want for fresh information by the public and media," Police Const. Phil Gavin said this morning, "We are working very hard to get that. We may have a media scrum this morning. We will give the media fair notice before we do."
To see the full Niagara Regional Police news release on the shooting, click here.