Man shot in home in­va­sion

46-year-old wounded in east end; city’s shoot­ing tally climbs to eight in past month

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - NI­COLE O’REILLY

A 46-year-old man is in sta­ble con­di­tion with life-threat­en­ing in­juries af­ter be­ing shot dur­ing a home in­va­sion in an east Hamilton neigh­bour­hood.

The vi­o­lent Tues­day morn­ing home in­va­sion at 21 Holly Ave., near Beach Road and north of the Cen­tre on Bar­ton mall, also left two teens and a 52-year-old woman with non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries, said Hamilton po­lice spokesper­son Const. Steve Wel­ton. An­other teenager in­side the home was not in­jured.

Two sus­pects, ages 15 and 18, were ar­rested at the scene shortly af­ter po­lice were called to the scene at about 9 a.m. Po­lice are search­ing for three oth­ers seen run­ning away.

This is at least the third home in­va­sion and eighth shoot­ing in Hamilton in the past month that The Spectator is aware of.

How­ever, in each case, po­lice cau­tion the public that the vic­tims have been tar­geted and not ran­dom.

“While it is a con­cern for com­mu­nity and po­lice, it was tar­geted,” Wel­ton said Tues­day.

Neigh­bour Marjo Daniels said a cou­ple and their teenage son live in the home. They run a home ren­o­va­tion busi­ness. “They are great peo­ple.”

Daniels said she ran out with an­other neigh­bour when they heard what hap­pened and the 52-year-old vic­tim ran over to them. She told Daniels her hus­band was shot in the hand and torso. His hand was nearly am­pu­tated in the at­tack, she said.

Po­lice con­firmed the man suf­fered more than one in­jury but wouldn’t pro­vide de­tails.

The home­owner told Daniels the five sus­pects kept de­mand­ing they pro­vide the pass­word to a safe in the home, she said.

The fam­ily gath­ered at the Gen­eral Hospi­tal await­ing news for the shoot­ing vic­tim, who un­der­went surgery.

“It’s scary be­cause this neigh­bour­hood is so quiet ... ev­ery­body looks af­ter ev­ery­body,” Daniels said. “This is un­be­liev­able.”

Po­lice were ini­tially called to the scene for a break-and-en­ter in progress af­ter sus­pects were seen try­ing to get into the home. There, of­fi­cers heard “a num­ber of shots were fired by sus­pects.”

A male sus­pect ran from the scene when po­lice ar­rived, aban­don­ing a car parked in front of the house.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the in­ci­dent is linked to other crimes, in­clud­ing a home in­va­sion Satur­day night on Weir Street North, where a young man was shot.

On Tues­day, there was a heavy po­lice pres­ence around Holly Av­enue as po­lice

worked to se­cure the area and search for sus­pects. At least half a dozen cruis­ers and two am­bu­lances were parked di­rectly across from St. Christo­pher’s Park.

A house was blocked off by po­lice tape, and of­fi­cers could be seen go­ing in and out.

Res­i­dents and neigh­bours stood out­side, em­brac­ing, while talk­ing to of­fi­cers.

Manuel Car­valho was work­ing in the garage of a home on Bay­field Av­enue, one block to the west of Holly Av­enue. The back­yards of homes on the streets face each other. “I heard some­body walk­ing on the gravel,” Car­valho said, adding he thought it was his friend com­ing out to see him.

Then a kid, who looked to be about 16 or 17, ran by him, he said. “I thought it was just kid fool­ing around jump­ing fences.”

A few min­utes later, po­lice came by and Car­valho re­al­ized what was go­ing on.

Hamilton tac­ti­cal of­fi­cers emerge from the yard next door to 21 Holly Ave. in north­east Hamilton, where a man was shot Tues­day morn­ing. Three other peo­ple in the home were hurt.

PHO­TOS BY JOHN REN­NI­SON, THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR

A po­lice of­fi­cer on the porch of 21 Holly Ave. A neigh­bour says the res­i­dent was shot in the torso and hand.

Po­lice with a sus­pect’s car af­ter it was aban­doned near 21 Holly Ave. Po­lice ar­rested two teens at the scene Tues­day.

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