Homi­cide in Pinewood

Po­lice still search­ing for two men, but say there is no con­cern for pub­lic safety

North Bay Nugget - - FRONT PAGE - Jen­nifer Hamil­ton-mccharles

Abra­ham Kamer­man, 45, of North Bay has been iden­ti­fied as the vic­tim of a shoot­ing Wed­nes­day night in the Pinewood area.

Po­lice be­lieve it was not a ran­dom at­tack and there is no con­cern for pub­lic safety.

They are look­ing to iden­tify a blue four-door com­pact Chevro­let seen leav­ing the area, along with two men.

The first is about 5-foot-10 with a slen­der build. He was last seen wear­ing a light-coloured sweater with a dark mask or toque. The sec­ond is medium in height with a slen­der build. He was last seen wear­ing dark cloth­ing.

The firearm used in the shoot­ing has not been re­cov­ered.

Po­lice, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the emer­gency re­sponse team, re­sponded to the call shortly be­fore 9 pm.

Upon ar­rival, they found Kamer­man in a res­i­dence suf­fer­ing from gun­shot wounds. He was trans­ported to hospi­tal and shortly after ar­rival was pro­nounced dead.

Sev­eral armed North Bay po­lice of­fi­cers in SWAT gear had sur­rounded the house at the cor­ner of Beat­tie and Vimy streets.

One neigh­bour re­ported Wed­nes­day night see­ing six po­lice of­fi­cers, an am­bu­lance and fire­fight­ers at the scene. He said he heard shots fired.

“Po­lice have their spot­lights shin­ing on a two-storey home and at least three po­lice of­fi­cers have their guns drawn,” an­other neigh­bour said.

“They ’ve placed large white tarps in the front and back yards.”

In­ter­viewed Thurs­day, neigh­bour Ray Grav­elle said he and his wife ini­tially be­lieved there were fire­works go­ing off in the park be­hind their home Wed­nes­day night. How­ever, they quickly re­al­ized it was gun­shots in­side their neigh­bour’s house.

“I looked out my back kitchen win­dow and saw a po­lice of­fi­cer with a ri­fle and then there was an­other of­fi­cer with a weapon in the front. There were of­fi­cers along the street, too,” Grav­elle said Thurs­day morn­ing while shov­el­ling his drive­way.

“It’s un­be­liev­able that peo­ple live like that, but not sur­pris­ing con­sid­er­ing po­lice are here all of the time.”

A few months ago, Grav­elle said, one of the ten­ants at 889 Beat­tie St. was hav­ing a dis­pute with an of­fi­cer and then went in­side his apart­ment and start­ing light­ing his fur­ni­ture on fire.

“That house is a dis­as­ter,” he said. “It’s been a dis­as­ter since we moved into our home 16 years go.”

Grav­elle said he’s wit­nessed count­less drug deals over the years and isn’t sur­prised the sit­u­a­tion has es­ca­lated.

“Four or five years ago, there was a stab­bing there,” he said. “We see peo­ple go­ing up and down the back stairs all of the time. Their cus­tomers don’t even have to knock, they just tap on the win­dow and they get what they need.”

Const. John Schultz said there will be an in­creased po­lice pres­ence in the Beat­tie Street area as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

“At this time, in­ter­views have been con­ducted and po­lice con­tinue to can­vass the area for more in­for­ma­tion. The North Bay foren­sic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion unit is back on scene now that we are in day­light hours.”

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion in­volv­ing this in­ves­ti­ga­tion to call 705-497-5555 and select op­tion 9 to speak to a po­lice of­fi­cer.

For those who wish to re­main anony­mous, con­tact Near North Crime Stop­pers, by call­ing 1-800222-TIPS (8477) or by sub­mit­ting a tip on­line at nearnorthcrimestop­pers.com.

Jen­nifer Hamil­ton-mccharles / The Nugget

Sev­eral armed North Bay po­lice of­fi­cers in SWAT gear re­sponded to a shoot­ing at the cor­ner of Beat­tie and Vimy streets after 9 pm Wed­nes­day. Po­lice are still search­ing for two men, but say there is no con­cern for pub­lic safety. Abra­ham Kamer­man, 45, of North Bay was pro­nounced de­ceased in hospi­tal.

Jen­nifer HAMIL­TON-MCCHARLES / The Nugget

Sev­eral armed North Bay po­lice of­fi­cers in SWAT gear re­sponded to a shoot­ing at the cor­ner of Beat­tie and Vimy streets after 9 pm Wed­nes­day. Po­lice are still search­ing for two men, but say there is no con­cern for pub­lic safety. Abra­ham Kamer­man, 45, of North Bay was pro­nounced de­ceased in hospi­tal.

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