Man chased woman through motel before shooting at her in car: police
A 28-year-old Hamilton man is facing an attempted murder charge after allegedly shooting at a woman who was trying to escape him at a Burlington motel, where he allegedly flashed a gun at an employee to find her room.
Halton police were called to the shooting at the Motel 6, 4345 North Service Rd., around 11:25 a.m. Tuesday after a single shot was fired at a car in the parking lot. No one was hurt and the shot-at vehicle was found about three kilometres away near Mainway and Dillon Road.
Police now believe the shooter showed up at the motel earlier that morning, around 3 a.m., and opened a knapsack showing a handgun to a motel employee. Police say he demanded access to a room where a “female acquaintance” was staying.
But the room was empty and the suspect fled in a silver hatchback. Police were called, but the suspect was not found.
It’s alleged the same man returned to the motel later that morning, confronted the woman and chased her through the motel. She ran to a car in the parking lot occupied by another man she knew.
Police allege the Hamilton man then threatened to kill the woman and fired a single gunshot into the front hood of the car, with the woman in the passenger seat.
The car sped off and police allege the shooter got in his car and chased them for 2 kilometres before fleeing.
Halton police have an idea what the motive was, but are not disclosing it at this point in the investigation, said Det. Sgt. Ron Hansen.
He also wouldn’t comment on the victim, other than to say she was found near the shot-at car and was not injured.
“It’s very rare that we get shooting calls like this in Burlington,” he said. “These type of incidents are a shock to the community.”
Police believe there was never a threat to public safety as the shooting was targeted. However, there was a near-miss collision between an uninvolved vehicle and the victim’s car as it fled the motel.
Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday police located the alleged suspect in a Main Street West parking lot in Hamilton.
James Kohne Phixakoune, 28, was arrested without incident and is charged with attempted murder and discharging a firearm.
On Wednesday morning police executed a search warrant at his Hamilton residence and say they found a handgun.
Phixakoune is scheduled to next appear in court on Friday, where he’s expected to face additional charges.
Hansen said Phixakoune was not previously known by Halton police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Joe Barr at 905-825-4747 ext. 2385 or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1800 222-TIPS (8477).