A timeline of shootings in Hamilton
2016 — 22
2015 — 14
2014 — 7
2013 — 12 2012 — 12
Source: Hamilton Police Service
called the spike in shootings “concerning” and “bizarre.” But, Sprott added, it’s possible to have an “anomalously high year” for a particular crime only to see it level out the next year without explanation.
“It sounds concerning and something that should be investigated,” she said. “But whether that will persist, who knows? It’s too soon to know.”
Sprott pointed to Toronto’s socalled “year of the gun,” which saw a jump in shootings in 2005.
Shootings dropped the next year, and despite many attempts to explain the jump, Sprott said she’s never heard a convincing argument.
She also pointed out that shootings often don’t occur evenly through a year, so it’s possible to have a spike during one period and then see the overall number balance out by the end of December.
Anyone with information on either incident on West 5th Street is asked to call Det. Const. Jeffrey Clushman at 905-546-8927 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.