Hamilton police are investigating an overnight shooting that sent two men to hospital Friday.
The incident reportedly happened at 349 Barton St. E., just west of Wentworth Street North, shortly before 11 p.m.
Police say officers found a 23-year-old man near the corner of Smith and Barton streets suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officers also found a 26-year-old man in a nearby home who had been shot in the chest. He was taken to hospital and was listed in critical but stable condition. The man’s injuries have since been downgraded to non-life-threatening.
Police say their investigation has revealed that the 23-year-old and another man were in the home when the 26-year-old arrived. The pair allegedly attempted to ambush and rob the 26-year-old.
Police say that when one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot the 26-year-old man through the chest, the bullet went through him and into the leg of the 23-year-old man. The alleged attackers then fled the home, according to police.
Noah Hope, 23, of Ottawa has been charged with robbery and failure to comply with recognizance; he remains in police custody.
Police are also seeking a second suspect, whom they describe as a black man between 25 and 30 years old who has an average build, weighs about 180 pounds and stands between five feet 10 and five feet 11 inches tall.
While investigators say it was a targeted shooting, they add that it is unclear whether or not the suspects and the victim knew each other.
The Hamilton police’s major crimes unit and shooting task force have taken over the investigation.
Police are asking residents and business owners in the area with video surveillance cameras to check their footage for any suspicious people or vehicles nearby at the time of the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Mike Ebert at 905-546-4167 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).