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6 injured after shooting in downtown St. Catharines, police say

Niagara police are looking for two male suspects in connection with a shooting investigation in St. Catharines. Handout / Niagara Regional Police

Niagara Regional Police are looking for two suspects after six people were injured in a downtown St. Catharines shooting.

Stephanie Sabourin, a spokesperson with the police service, said emergency crews were called to the area around Karma nightclub on St. Paul Street, near Highway 406, at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Four males and two females, between the ages of 31 to 48, were treated in hospital. Two of the victims were taken to an out-of-town hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

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Niagara Police PC Phil Gavin told Global News that detectives believe the incident stemmed from a dispute that deteriorated into an exchange of gunfire between the two suspects.

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“From the beginning of the shots being fired to the end of the shots being fired was seconds,” said Gavin, “For all accounts, we’re certainly trying to investigate whether these people were known to each other before or what it was.”

Gavin says both suspects drew guns in the incident and are likely still “armed and dangerous.”

LISTEN: Global News Radio’s Scott Thompson talks with Niagara Regional Police PC Phil Gavin.

The first suspect was wearing a dark long-sleeve shirt, lighter-coloured pants, and dark running shoes. The second suspect, who is believed to be in his 20s, was last seen wearing a blue “North Face” jacket with black shoulders, dark pants, and dark shoes.

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Niagara police say a suspect connected to a shooting in St. Catharines was wearing all black clothing. Niagara Regional Police
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Niagara police say a suspect connected to a shooting in St. Catharines was wearing a blue and black North Face Jacket. Niagara Regional Police

Investigators do not believe the incident was random and will be looking through video recorded by closed-circuit cameras.

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Anyone with information was asked to call Niagara Regional Police at 905-688-4111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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