Three people are being treated in hospital following yesterday’s shooting in downtown St. Catharines.

 

At approximately 3:45pm on Thursday September 6, 2018 uniform officers responded to the report of a male shot in the area of Church Street and Niagara Street in St. Catharines.

Investigation then revealed a total of three shooting victims who were transported to a local hospital for treatment, with two then being air-lifted to an out of Region trauma centre for treatment of critical injuries.

Further information led to multiple scenes in the Church Street and Niagara Street area being cordoned off by uniform patrol officers with the assistance of a number of specialty units within the Niagara Regional Police Service, including the Emergency Task Unit (ETU).

At approximately 11:15pm, residents were able to return to their homes in the area once it was deemed to be safe. Uniform officers will be maintaining one scene overnight for forensic examination to be completed.

Detectives continue to search for two male suspects, described as:

 

- Black, early 20s, 511, dark complexion, short hair, earrings, slim build, black shirt with white writing on front, black shorts to above knee with white on sides, change in pockets.

- Black , early 20s, 63, muscular build, dread locks in pony tail tucked  up inside black hat, black shirt, grey track pants.

 

Both suspects are considered armed and should not be approached.  If located, residents are asked to call 911 immediately. Detectives do not believe that this 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.

 

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

Niagara Regional Police say multiple people have been shot in downtown St. Catharines.

Const. Phil Gavin said police responded to reports of a shooting at Niagara and Church Streets at about 3:43 p.m. on Thursday.

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Investigators arrived on scene to find multiple victims and police say their conditions would be released when further details are available.  Unconfirmed reports say the victims include two men in their 20s and a 17-year-old.

Police would not say if any arrests have been made or if they are still looking for suspects.

Residents are asked to stay clear of the area.

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