Written by By Joseph Pisani, CNN Staff
“We believe that there was an argument and gunplay over the vehicle that was stolen, and we believe that there is a few arrests and possible victims or witnesses being looked at in the investigation at this point,” Peel Regional Police spokesperson Paul Johnston said in a statement.
“It is believed there may be an SUV on scene and we are asking that you try and get a look at the vehicle because we have information that suggests that there may be someone in the vehicle that fled the scene after the shooting,” he said.
Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the victims or suspects involved in Wednesday night’s shooting.
One man was killed and two others injured when they were targeted in a shooting in Brampton, Ontario.
‘You don’t want to see anything like this’
A witness told CBC that “a van and a truck pulled up right next to us and fired at us from the back. I dove out of the way.”
A second witness who happened to be driving in the area at the time of the shooting told reporters “there were shots fired just over my shoulder. You just hear a bunch of yelling and banging on the car when the other guy was shot, as he was writhing on the ground.”
She said her husband rushed to help the man as the attacker was fleeing in a Ford Ranger.
“The guy tried to get away running out of the scene,” she said. “The police responded right away and started their search and caught the guy right away.”
Robyne Duberg, whose mother saw the shooting, told CNN in a video interview Thursday that she is “shocked” but grateful that her mother and sister were not injured.
“I think it is really scary because, you don’t want to see anything like this and I can’t imagine what this family is going through,” she said.
“To see these pictures of a guy laying on the ground … it’s unbelievable that they actually went into a family-oriented area and just cold-bloodedly started shooting someone with children and elderly people,” she said.
A major crime unit and canine units responded to the area of Mount Wellington Drive and Wellington Crescent, where gunshots were reported in the city of Brampton, about 30 miles northwest of Toronto, Canada’s biggest city.
A spokesman for Peel Regional Police said officers had several witnesses who came forward to identify a possible shooting suspect.
Police said residents should avoid the area while the investigation continues.