Those involved in fatal St. Catharines shooting may have been at party together, police say

Niagara Regional Police believe an early shooting Sunday morning that claimed the life of a 33-year-old man and injured two more victims stemmed from a party at a home on Pleasant Avenue in St. Catharines.

A media release issued Monday said officers remain in the area canvassing for information related to the incident that took place at about 3:40 a.m. Sunday, while asking anyone who attended the social gathering or was in the area at the time of the shooting to contact Det. Sgt. David Pierini at 905-688–4111, option 3, ext. 1009134.

Police said they were called to the area of Lake Street and Pleasant Avenue early Sunday morning for reports of a shooting.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were taken to hospital.

Police said the victims included the 33-year-old man who was killed, a 32-year-old man who was transported to an out-of-town hospital with life-threatening injuries, and a 34-year-old woman who is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said they will not provide any additional information about the deceased victim at the request of his family.

Police believe all three victims and the suspect or suspects attended the same social gathering prior to the shooting, although the relationship between them remains part of the on-going investigation.

Sunday’s shooting was the second violent incident involving guns in St. Catharines in just over a month.

On May 11, police were called to Fairview Mall on Geneva Street where Karat Jewellers had been robbed at gun point. Two people inside the store were sprayed with a substance believed to be bear spray. A third person, the owner of the family-run store, was shot in the leg outside the mall entrance after the suspects were chased to the parking lot. Two suspects are still being sought and the case remains open.

Sunday’s death is the third homicide to occur in Niagara in 2022.

Witnesses or anyone with information can also anonymously contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.

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