Belleville police are currently investigating a shooting that left one man seriously injured.
Local police were called to the area of Frank and Union streets in Belleville at 1:50 a.m. on Tuesday to investigate a report of a shooting.
Scott Lalonde, who lives on Frank Street, says the man who was shot came to his home Tuesday morning, asking for help.
“I opened the back window and the guy was standing here, shivering and shaking and stuff, and I asked him ‘Are you okay? What happened,'” Lalonde told Global News. “He said ‘I’ve been shot,’ and you could see the blood coming down from his arm,” Lalonde told Global News.
Lalonde says the man, who he understands got into an altercation with the suspect a few blocks away, came to his street looking for help.
The man may have visited the apartment building across the street from Lalonde first, since trails of blood are visible along the apartment building’s stairs, landing and doorbell.
Lalonde says the experience was a frightening for him and his family, who were home with him when the man came to their house, but Lalonde said Belleville police and paramedics were quick to respond to his call.
“These things happen in every city, and it just happened last night and I guess I was the guy who answered the door,” Lalonde told Global News.
Belleville police would not release many details about the incident. They said the victim had to go through surgery because of the gunshot wound, and they have yet to interview him.
Police said it’s too early to say if the shooting was a result of gang violence, but they wanted to assure the public there is no heightened risk to the public, despite the fact that the suspect is still at large.
“There is going to be heightened police presence in the area as we process the scene, but as always we do ask anyone who sees any suspicious activity, if it’s concerning to them, to contact us and we’ll certainly attend and check it out,” said Insp. Chris Barry with the Belleville Police
Anyone with information about the incident is asked contact Det. Const. Mark Abrams at 613-966-0882 ext. 2322 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Quinte Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.