International student injured in GTA shooting that killed 2 is unlikely to survive, police say


A 28-year-old international student injured in Monday’s shooting in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area remains hospitalized and is not expected to survive, Halton Police Chief Steve Tanner told reporters Thursday.

The shooting left Toronto Police Const. Andrew Hong, 48, and Milton business owner Shakeel Ashraf, 38, have died.

The international student was among three others who were shot by suspect Sean Petrie, who was himself killed during an encounter with Halton and Hamilton police officers.

Tanner spoke to the media at a press conference alongside Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, where officials provided further details on the series of shootings that took place over several hours on Monday afternoon.

Hong was the first person to be shot, while inside a Tim Hortons restaurant on Argentia Road in Mississauga. He was in Peel for a joint training exercise and was on a lunch break at the time. He had gone to get coffee for his colleagues when he was ambushed by Petrie and shot at close range at around 2.15pm.

Investigators say Petrie had been at the cafe for about two hours and 15 minutes. He arrived in a red Toyota Corolla with license plate CXMM 077 and parked in an adjacent lot before entering. The car was registered to Petrie, police said. Investigators believe he lived in the vehicle.

Police said he tried to disarm Hong before shooting him. Hong was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said they believe Hong was deliberately targeted because he was a uniformed officer.

Petrie then stole a vehicle and shot the driver. That victim is in stable condition in hospital, but suffered « life-altering » injuries, Duraiappah said.

More soon.


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