Ar­rest made in Good Sa­mar­i­tan shoot­ing

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - ONTARIO NEWS - LIAM CASEY

Police in Hamil­ton say they’ve ar­rested one man in the fa­tal shoot­ing of a Good Sa­mar­i­tan and are look­ing for a sec­ond sus­pect.

Yousif Al-Has­nawi was shot when he tried to in­ter­vene as two men were ac­cost­ing an older man in down­town Hamil­ton on Satur­day night.

Police say they ar­rested one man around 3:30 a.m. Mon­day and charged the 20-year-old with ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact to mur­der.

Hamil­ton police say they have iden­ti­fied a sec­ond sus­pect as the al­leged shooter and are in the process of ap­ply­ing for a war­rant for sec­ond-de­gree mur­der.

They have not re­leased the names of the ac­cused.

Police have de­scribed 19-yearold Al-Has­nawi as a brave young man who was try­ing to do the right thing.

“This young man was do­ing what he felt was right in the situation,” Det. Sgt. Steve Berez­iuk told re­porters. “He was a brave young man.”

Police said paramedics took Al-Has­nawi to hospital on Satur­day night, where he died of his in­juries.

Talib Al-Jalili said Al-Has­nawi had come out of the Al-Mostafa Is­lamic Cen­tre when he no­ticed two men pick­ing on an older man.

“He saw an old man walk­ing by here with two peo­ple who were try­ing to ha­rass him, as­sault him, hit him, laugh­ing at him,” Al-Jalili told re­porters on Sunday. “He only told him ‘leave the old man alone.’ ”

Al-Jalili crit­i­cized paramedics who ar­rived on scene, ar­gu­ing they didn’t take Al-Has­nawi’s in­jury se­ri­ously.

“They thought he was act­ing. The man was in se­vere pain in­side his ab­domen, why would he act?” Al-Jalili said.

Tom Raczyn­ski, who lives in the area, said he heard screams that drew him out of his home on Satur­day night. There wasn’t much blood to be seen, he said, but the young man was clearly in dis­tress.

“He was ly­ing there com­plain­ing he was hurt­ing and they kept say­ing he was fak­ing,” Raczyn­ski said of paramedics and police at the scene.

“The one paramedic kept say­ing ‘oh you’re a good ac­tor,’ ” Raczyn­ski said. “I just thought it was dis­gust­ing. Like some­body’s shot, you take him in to the hospital, you don’t leave him ly­ing there.”

A spokes­woman with Hamil­ton Paramedic Ser­vice did not com­ment on the al­le­ga­tions Mon­day morn­ing, but said she hoped to have an up­date on the situation later in the day.

Hamil­ton police also would not com­ment on the al­le­ga­tions, but a spokes­woman said of­fi­cers were dis­patched at 8:57 p.m. and ar­rived on scene at 9:01 p.m.

Al-Has­nawi was a first-year med­i­cal science stu­dent at Brock Univer­sity, the school said.

“The Brock com­mu­nity is shocked and deeply sad­dened to learn of the death of our col­league Yousif Al-Has­nawi,” said Brock Univer­sity pres­i­dent Ger­van Fearon. “Our deep­est sym­pa­thies go to his fam­ily.”

Police said they are look­ing for the man who was al­legedly be­ing ac­costed by the two sus­pects as well the hand­gun that was used in the in­ci­dent.


A Hamil­ton police car is seen in 2016. Hamil­ton police say they have ar­rested a sus­pect in con­nec­tion to the Satur­day shoot­ing of Good Sa­mar­i­tan Yousif AlHas­nawi.

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