Niagara Regional Police continue to search for two men involved in a downtown St. Catharines shooting last week. As of Monday night, the two suspects in their early 20’s are still at-large.
The shooting occurred on September 6, at around 3:45 p.m., in the Niagara Street and Church Street area. Police believe the shooting was a targeted attack, which led to three injuries.
One of the victims was transported by Niagara EMS to a local hospital, and is considered to have minor injuries. The other two victims were air lifted to an out-of-Region trauma centre to be treated: one with critical injuries and the other with life threatening injuries.
All three victims were shot in a residence near the intersection of the shooting. One of the men was found in the street by police, but was shot inside the building. The other two were found in the residence where they were shot as well.
During the investigation on Sept. 6, police used the information to be led to multiple scenes. The scene was cordoned off by uniform patrol officers, along with specialty units.
Other units that were involved in the investigation included: K9, Marine Unit, Traffic Enforcement Unit, Crisis Negotiators, Auxiliary Officers, Detectives from all over the Region, Fleet Support, Forensic Unit, Dispatch, Central Records, Traffic Reconstruction and School Resource Officers.
It wasn’t until 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, that residents were allowed to return back to their homes in the area.
Further police investigation has found that one of the suspects is responsible for the shooting.
The suspect is described as a black male, in his early 20’s, 5’9, dark complexion, short hair, earrings, clean shaven, slim build, and was seen wearing a black and white hoodie with small white writing in the left chest area and white writing down the middle of back with white and grey on the arms of the sweatshirt He was also wearing black pants with white writing on the lower right leg and white and black running shoes, and carrying a bag on his shoulder.The second suspect is also a black male, in his early 20’s, 6’3, muscular build, dread locks in pony tail tucked up inside a black hat, wearing a black hat, black shirt and grey track pants.
The suspects are considered armed and fled the scene on foot.
Police are asking businesses and residents that reside in the area and have security cameras to check their tapes and contact police. NRPS are also hopeful that the two suspects will surrender themselves in a peaceful manner.
The investigation is ongoing as of Monday evening, however the area of Niagara and Church has been cleared since Sept. 7.
Police ask anyone with information regarding the shooting to call NRP at 905-688-4111 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.