Man dead after shooting in Kitchener early Wednesday: police

The homicide occurred outside of the McDonalds at Ottawa Street and River Road in Kitchener. Kevin Nielsen / Global News

Waterloo Regional Police said a man died after a reported shooting in a plaza on Ottawa Street in Kitchener early Wednesday.

“At approximately 2 a.m., we received a call in this in this area regarding a male who was suffering from injuries regarding a shooting incident,” Insp. Kyle Lambert told reporters outside of the McDonalds where the victim was found on Wednesday morning.

“Upon arrival, we located a male in his twenties suffering from injuries.”

The man, who is in his mid-20s, was taken to an out-of-region hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

And so now members of our major crime unit, our forensic identification unit, our general investigation, are continuing the investigation to figure out exactly what transpired,” Lambert explained.

Police have yet to declare the incident to be a homicide as they are still gathering information on what transpired.

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“Any time you have a sudden death investigation, we work hand-in-hand with the coroner, and that involves a postmortem examination and at that time, we’ll have a better idea, determine what exactly took place,” Lambert said.

“There will continue to be an increased police presence in the area of 1020 Ottawa Street North throughout the day,” the tweet warned.

It also said that businesses in the plaza could be affected by the police investigation.

This story will be updated.

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