A Niagara Regional Police Service investigation is in its “early stages” after three people were shot in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police said they responded to a call in the area of Pleasant Avenue and Lake Street in the City of St. Catharines. The call came around 3:40 a.m. with reports of a shooting.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found three victims. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other two were taken to hospital, police said.
The second victim suffered serious injuries and was taken out of St. Catharines for treatment. The third victim’s injuries are non-life-threatening, according to Niagara police.
“I can confirm that Ornge transported two patients via air ambulance to a trauma centre as a result of a shooting incident in St. Catharines,” a spokesperson for Ornge, the province’s air and ground transportation service, told Global News.
In an update Monday, police said the deceased victim was a 33-year-old man.
“The next of kin for the deceased have been notified and at the request of his family, no other information regarding his identity is being released by police,” a news release read.
Officers said the second victim – a 32-year-old man – sustained life-threatening injuries.
The third victim, a 34-year-old woman, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is recovering.
Police said the investigation is ongoing.
Officers said investigators have determined that the victim and suspect(s) had attended a social gathering at a residence on Pleasant Avenue before the shooting.
“The relationship between the victims and suspect(s) and events leading up to the shooting remains part of the on-going investigation,” the release read.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.