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Fatal shooting on Highway 7/8 in Kitchener was ‘targeted’: police

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Police launch an investigation after a body found on a highway ramp in Kitchener. – Nov 26, 2019

Waterloo Regional Police believe that the victim of the fatal shooting on Highway 7/8 in Kitchener, Irshad Sabriye, likely knew his killer or killers.

They announced Friday morning that Waterloo region’s fourth homicide of 2019 was a “targeted incident.”

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Early Tuesday morning, police were called to Highway 7/8 near Courtland Avenue for reported gunshots.

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Car set ablaze on Connaught Street in Kitchener – Nov 26, 2019

When they arrived, police found Sabriye’s body.

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A post-mortem found that he had been shot and killed.

A short time later, police were called to nearby Connaught Street for a vehicle fire. When emergency personnel arrived, they found a black, four-door, 2019 Nissan Sentra fully engulfed in flames.

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Police believe the vehicle fire and fatal shooting are connected.

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Hwy. 7/8 in Kitchener closed for OPP investigation – Nov 26, 2019

They will be conducting a ground search in and around Connaught Street on Friday searching for more evidence.

Police are asking anyone with information about the car or the shooting to call 519-570-9777 ext. 8191 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.