Three shot in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario -suspects flee

Const. Phil Gavin - Niagara Regional Police
Constable Phil Gavin of Niagara Regional Police says two suspects are being hunted in a downtown St. Catharines shooting of three people.

St. Catharines, Ontario – Three people were shot in gangland-style targeted attack in downtown.

Two of the victims have been flown to major trauma centres in critical condition while one is being treated locally.

“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 the City of St. Catharines,” Niagara Regional Police said.

“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).”

Many people had to evacuate their homes and most were able to return by 11.15 p.m.

“At approximately 11:15pm, residents were able to return to their homes in the area once it was deemed to be safe.”

Police will be maintaining one crime scene overnight for forensic examination to be completed.

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

1. 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.

2. 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.

Police appealed for information about the attackers and their motive.

They asked anyone knowing the suspects to “encourage them to contact their counsel to assist with a safe and peaceful surrender.”