Man arrested in connection to 2019 Kitchener shooting
WATERLOO -- Waterloo Regional Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with a shooting on Fairway Road in Kitchener almost one year ago.
Police first received reports of multiple gunshots around 5:30 p.m. on June 24, 2019 at a plaza full of people near Wilson Avenue.
Police say three people were found at the scene with injuries, while the suspect fled before officers arrived.
In a news release Thursday, police say they have arrested a Lambton County man in connection to the shooting. They credit the use of forensic science to being able to make the arrest.
Brandon James is facing a number of charges, including three counts of aggravated assaulted, careless use of a firearm, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, and unauthorized possession.
Police say a male victim was found at the scene and taken to hospital in critical condition. He has since been released, but received life-altering injuries in the incident.
"Through a thorough investigation police have learned the male victim and suspect are known to each other," said Cnst. Ashley Dietrich of WRPS.
Police say he was involved in an altercation with two other men, which escalated and resulted in the accused firing multiple rounds.
Two female bystanders were also reportedly hit in the gunfire, taken to hospital, and later released with non-life-threatening injuries.
The accused appared in a Kitchener court on Friday, to which the crowd is saying they are showing cause and not consenting to his release.
He will remain in custody until June 8 when he will appear in court by audio for a judicial pretrial. This will be when the bail hearing will be set.
Waterloo Regional Police are not looking for additional suspects, but ask that anyone who may have witnessd the incident to contact them.
With reporting from Heather Senoran.