Man fight­ing for life af­ter home in­va­sion

Cape Breton Post - - Canada - BY COLIN PERKEL

A home in­va­sion in an oth­er­wise quiet Hamil­ton neigh­bour­hood left one man shot and fight­ing for his life, his wife in­jured and nearby res­i­dents aghast at the vi­o­lence, po­lice and neigh­bours said on Tues­day.

Po­lice, who had two men in cus­tody, were hunt­ing for three other sus­pects in what they said they be­lieved was a tar­geted at­tack that oc­curred shortly af­ter 9 a.m.

Marjo Daniels, who lives a few doors down from the two-storey home where the in­ci­dent took place, said she was awo­ken by a neigh­bour to find the street swarm­ing with first re­spon­ders.

She said she and an­other neigh­bour went over to see what had hap­pened, and were met by a dis­traught woman who lives in the home with her hus­band and son. The cou­ple has a ren­o­va­tion busi­ness, neigh­bours said.

The woman told Daniels she was asleep on the couch when five men burst in through the

back of the house.

“They kept ask­ing her to open the safe,” Daniels said the woman told her.

They then started beat­ing her, leav­ing her with swollen lips, sore ribs and the start of a black eye, Daniels said. A teenaged son who tried to in­ter­vene was hit in the face with the butt of gun, she said the woman told her.

The woman’s spouse then tried to in­ter­vene and was shot

im­me­di­ately, Daniels said the woman told her.

“They started stab­bing him over and over. They cut his left hand al­most to am­pu­ta­tion. It was just dan­gling.”

The vic­tim was ghostly white and had lost a lot of blood when he taken to hos­pi­tal, the neigh­bour said.

Po­lice would not give specifics of the in­juries but con­firmed one man was shot and in lifethreat­en­ing con­di­tion while oth­ers were as­saulted and in­jured.

Hamil­ton po­lice Const. Steve Wel­ton said of­fi­cers re­spond­ing to calls of an armed break-an­den­ter in progress were able to cap­ture two sus­pects — one a teenager — but three oth­ers ran off and were be­ing sought.

“It was a tar­geted in­ci­dent,” Wel­ton said. “It wasn’t a ran­dom event where some­one was ran­domly choos­ing homes.”

Wel­ton said the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion branch was manag­ing the crime scene but said the homi­cide unit would take over if the man died.

Daniels said the woman told her she re­fused to open the safe in the home de­spite the vi­o­lence vis­ited on the cou­ple, whom she de­scribed as peo­ple who would give you the shirts off their backs.

Fel­low neigh­bour Cathy Larocque said she was “very dis­turbed” by what had hap­pened in the oth­er­wise quiet neigh­bour­hood.

“Ev­ery­one kind of watches out for ev­ery­body,” Larocque said. “It’s shock­ing. It’s very shock­ing.

CP PHOTO

Neigh­bours Cathy Larocque (left) and Marjo Daniels talk to po­lice about a home in­va­sion in Hamil­ton, Ont., Tues­day. One man was shot and gravely wounded, while oth­ers sus­tained lesser in­juries, po­lice said.

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