A 20-year-old Montreal man is recovering from a gunshot wound to the buttocks following an early morning incident Sunday.
Police were called to the 400 block of Laurier Ave. W. at 3:40 a.m., where paramedics treated the man before taking him to hospital.
The victim is co-operating, however police haven’t narrowed down a suspect, said Staff Sgt. Mark Patterson from the guns and gangs unit.
“We have not recovered the firearm but we can confirm it was an actual shooting,” he said.
“We believe this may have transpired prior to, at another location and it just carried over to where the actual shooting happened.”
Police wouldn’t confirm if the suspect and victim know each other, or if the first incident also took place downtown.
“We’re getting mixed information,” said Patterson, adding numerous people were around at the time.
Patterson acknowledged what seems to be a rise in gunplay as the mercury rises.
“We don’t know if it’s coincidence, but remember, (with) summer months come different crimes,” he said.
January and February were fairly quiet, he said, but as the temperature increases “so does the criminal activity in relation to what we deal with. And when you have more people out on the streets involved in criminal activities, we sometimes get a spike in our shootings.”
Anyone with information can contact guns & gangs investigators at 613-236-1222 ext. 5050 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8447.