Officer said they arrived at scene about 12.30am and were told a ‘male subject may have been hit’
Homicide officers have taken over the investigation into the death of a man who was shot after leaving a bar in Canada last week.
Police said officers were called to Mersey Street, Brampton, about 12.30am on Sunday to reports that a male subject may have been hit. They found a 29-year-old man with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest.
The man was taken to hospital but died a week later, police said. He has not been identified.
Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation, saying it “appears to be a targeted incident”.
“We will be taking this case to a homicide level and we will be following all potential lines of inquiry,” Det Ch Supt Paul Cantrill, the lead officer, said in a statement.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that while there is a heightened state of awareness in relation to gangs following this summer’s horrific spate of shootings, this is not considered to be a gang-related incident.”
Cantrill said two men were arrested at the scene of the shooting on suspicion of murder. A 23-year-old man and a 25-year-old man, both from Brampton, have been charged with first-degree murder. They are due to appear in court on Monday.
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Community activist Lamar Chapman said the community was in shock and was demanding more action from police after another fatal shooting took place within three days of each other.
“That’s just not right. It’s almost like we’re living like yesterday. I understand there are a lot of problems and I understand the conflict of it, but let’s get it straight that this is absolutely not the community’s fault,” he said.
Chapman, who said he had been a part of shooting prevention groups in Brampton, said the latest incident had prompted calls from the community for a better response from police.
“We’re saying, ‘Why aren’t you working on the gangs?’ Not just in Brampton but everywhere. It’s not a black issue, not just a gang issue, it’s a community issue.”
The Toronto Star reported that the unidentified man shot on Mersey Street died on Sunday morning.
“A dark coloured vehicle was seen leaving the scene in a hurry. No vehicle description was immediately available,” Cantrill said.
Brampton mayor, Susan Fennell, called the shootings a tragedy and pledged to work with community members in stopping the violence.
“This is a heartbreaking, sickening situation,” she said. “I find the thought of someone being shot in the head in broad daylight despicable. This is truly unacceptable.”