Hamilton police are searching for at least one suspect following a shooting incident that left two people dead and two others seriously injured early Sunday morning.
Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk said they were called to the Urban Lounge located in the basement behind Sam’s Tavern on Barton Street East around 5 a.m. following reports of multiple shots fired.
Three males and one female were found suffering from serious gunshot wounds. All four were transported to hospital, where a 39-year-old male was pronounced dead.
A few hours later a 25-year-old female succumbed to her injuries in hospital.
Two other males, a 38-year-old and a 29-year-old, are said to be in stable condition.
Bereziuk says they are searching for a male, black or dark skinned, thin build, in his early 30s, approximately five-foot-10. He’s believed to have short braided hair and was wearing dark jeans or pants with a track suit-style zip-up jacket.
The suspect fled in an unknown direction following the shooting.
Police said the bar was still serving alcohol at 5 a.m. when the shooting occurred.
Bereziuk would not comment on the relationship between all four victims, if any, at this time but did say the four were at another location for a memorial/celebration of life for 2019 murder victim Carel Douse. They then ended up at Urban Lounge, where the shooting occurred.
Douse, 33, was inside a barbershop when he was first stabbed, police have said. He then ran out of the building, but the suspects chased him to the front of a home, where they allegedly continued to stab him. He died in hospital hours later.
Three people have been charged with first-degree murder in his death.
Bereziuk says investigators do not have a motive for the incident at this time but he stopped short of saying if this was a targeted shooting.
Police say there were more than a dozen people in the bar at the time of the shooting.
“At this time, only one witness has come forward, despite many individuals witnessing the events that occurred,” said Bereziuk. “Police encourage anyone with information to come forward and share what they saw.”