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Second city shooting too close to home

Diana Forbes | Interrobang | News | February 6th, 2006

The popular Mac's convenience store near Fanshawe College was the scene of London's second shooting of the year last week.

After responding to a 911 call on January 25 just after 8:30pm, police found a man in his mid-20's with gun shot wounds to his leg in the parking lot on the corner of First and Oxford streets, right across the street form Fanshawe.

Paramedics were also called to the scene and treated the victim. He was transported to a London hospital where he remains with non-life threatening injuries.

Police and the canine unit scoured the neighbourhoods near the college throughout the night and into the next day in search of a suspect.

Constable Amanda Pfeffer said no Fanshawe students were questioned in the shooting.

Police said a dog belonging to the victim was also shot and found dead at the scene of the incident.

According to the London Free Press, bloody snow and a shattered pick-up truck window remained in the alley between Mac's and Marvelous 2 for 1 Pizza and Wings, where the shooting occurred.

Police have indicated they are looking for a male suspect, approximately 5'7”-5'10”, wearing a balaclava and black puffy winter jacket.

They are also looking to speak with the occupants of a smaller, red four-door car that was seen in the area before the shooting took place.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

London's first shooting of the year took place after midnight on New Year's Eve, when two rounds were fired on the corner of Dundas and Richmond. One victim was treated for a gunshot wound to the face, while another victim was wounded in the leg.

Police are still investigating this crime, but have not received “much cooperation from the victims or witnesses.”
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