Accused shooter and wounded man knew each other: police
Hamilton police say a 65-year-old man and the 24-year-old he is accused of shooting as he tried to break into his home knew each other before the altercation.
The investigation into the 121 Avondale St. incident late Thursday has revealed it was not random, police said Monday.
The unnamed 24-year-old went to the home and, after “an altercation” with the 65-year-old, identified by his son as George Harbottle, tried to force his way inside.
The 24-year-old was shot and fled the scene, later showing up in hospital where he remains. Police say he will be charged with break and enter.
When police responded to the scene, they say Harbottle came out and said “I’m the shooter.”
Harbottle’s son, Chris White, previously told the Spectator his dad was defending himself and the home.
“A couple of guys tried to kick in the back door. … I guess they did it to the wrong guy,” White said.
Police executed a search warrant at the home and located a gun described as being similar to an AK-47.
The incident rattled neighbours, who described Harbottle as a man with strong opinions and a sharp tongue.
He unsuccessfully ran for a Catholic board school trustee position in 2014.
Harbottle is facing charges of aggravated assault, discharge firearm with intent, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless use of a firearm, and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Police have asked anyone with information to call detectives at 905546-2918.