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Update: Investigation ended – Kingston Police investigating after firearm discharged in Kingscourt area

Update (Monday, Jan. 10, 2022):
Kingston Police have closed the investigation into the discharging of a firearm in a residential neighbourhood on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021.

According to police, the Major Crimes Unit has concluded the investigation after the “responsible party” involved in the case was located deceased in another jurisdiction.

Despite this, police are still asking anyone with information regarding the firearms incident to contact Detective Sergeant Chad Parslow at 613-549-4660, Ext. 6245.

Original article:

A large police presence descended on the Kingscourt neighbourhood in Kingston after multiple residents contacted emergency services after hearing what sounded like gunshots.

A Kingston Police cruiser sits outside of an Alfred Street residence, cordoned off with police tape, following the discharge of a firearm in the Kingscourt neighbourhood on the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. Police say they believe the shooting was targeted at the residence. Photo by Cody Stafford-Arenburg.

The incident occurred at approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, and resulted in multiple Kingston Police vehicles, including the Forensic Identification Unit, lining the streets of Kingscourt, particularly along Alfred Street and Seventh Avenue. Many area residents reported police officers canvassing the area and searching through yards, though no one knew at the time whether or not the sounds heard by dozens of residents were, in fact, gunfire.

Kingston Police Forensic Identification Unit vehicles parked along the side of Alfred Street after Kingscourt area residents reported hearing what sounded like gunshots on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. Photo by Cody Stafford-Arenburg.

At approximately 5:15 p.m. that day, Kingston Police confirmed there was no risk to public safety, and said that officers in the area at that time were simply carrying out an investigation.

At approximately 11:25 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, Kingston Police that a firearm was discharged into a residence (as opposed to inside a residence) on Alfred Street near Seventh Avenue the afternoon before.

“The incident location is believed to have been targeted by the suspect(s), and this did not appear to be a random attack,” police said in a press release.

“There were no injuries sustained as a result of the shooting.”

According to police, the incident is now the focus of an actively ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is being asked to notify the Kingston Police Major Crime Unit (613-549-4660 ext. 0 and ask for Major Crimes Unit), or to contact Detective Constable Jim Veltman at 613-549-4660 ext. 6300.

While the number of police vehicles in the area dwindled, a small number of Kingston Police cruisers and officers remained in the area where a firearm was discharged at approximately 2 p.m. well into the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. Photo by Cody Stafford-Arenburg.
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