Mayor says Oakville not immune from the ‘scourge of gun violence’

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Published August 19, 2022 at 12:52 pm

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton is condemning an Oakville shooting in the early hours Friday morning (Aug. 19) that left a man dead and a woman seriously injured.

Halton Regional Police responded to a call on Edward Leaver Trail, near Bronte Road and the QEW around 1 a.m. and found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The shooting death, that actually occurred outside of a residence on Belt Lane, is the first in Oakville since 2020.

Police believe it was a targeted shooting involving illegal guns and an out of town victim.

“Despite being the safest region in Canada, according to Statistics Canada, Oakville and Halton Region are not immune from the scourge of gun violence,” said Burton in a released statement. “Council and I condemn gun violence. Any shooting is too many and this is the fourth incident of firearms being used in 2022.

“Council and I will continue to work with residents, community groups, Halton Regional Police Service and all levels of government to address the clear problem of gun violence.”

Burton is encouraging anyone with information to contact police at 905-825-4776 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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