Investigation into midday shooting in Kingston continues

Kingston Police and Kingston Fire and Rescue on scene following a shooting near the intersection of Bath Road and Centennial Drive on Friday, Mar. 24, 2023. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

Three days after a shooting along a well-travelled corridor in broad daylight shook the city of Kingston, few details or updates have been released by police.

Citing the ongoing investigation, Kingston Police have remained tight-lipped after an unknown number of people were injured in the shooting, which occurred alongside Bath Road in the area in front of the Henry Traill Community Correctional Centre, the minimum-security facility on the federal property that is also home to Collins Bay Institution. The shooting, which occurred just before noon on Friday, Mar. 24, 2023, took place after a vehicle carrying multiple individuals stopped at the roadway, and one or more people opened fire from the vehicle, with at least one individual exiting the vehicle.

Following the shooting, the suspects fled in their vehicle, prompting police to provide information on that vehicle and advise the public, as well as other police services throughout the eastern Ontario region, to be on the lookout for them. Police described the vehicle as a grey Honda Civic occupied by several armed Black males. That vehicle was last seen travelling northbound on Centennial Drive from Bath Road. Bath road remained closed to traffic for several hours on Friday as police carried out their on-scene portion of the investigation.

Since then, police have not disclosed the condition of the single victim they said had sustained life-threatening injuries, nor cleared up whether there was, in fact, a second victim. Const. Ash Gutheinz, Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police, said that ongoing police efforts on this matter are “quite a large investigation,” but would not say more due to the ongoing investigation.

Police also declined to comment on whether the suspects are still considered to be at large, or whether the suspects are still believed to be within the City of Kingston. While Kingston Police confirmed on Friday that this appeared to be a “targeted attack”, they have not said whether they believe the incident to be gang-related. Police have also not confirmed why the victim(s) were walking on correctional property at the time of the incident, nor their relationship to either of the institutions on the grounds.

Kingstonist continues to follow up on this matter, and will provide more information on the investigation as it becomes available.

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