Five people were shot early Saturday morning outside a bowling alley in Windsor’s east end, according to police.
Officers were on scene at a business in the 10000 block of Tecumseh Road East at Forest Glade Drive shortly after the incident occurred.
Superintendent Jason Crowley said multiple police units responded to a call of shots fired at 1:04 am
Crowley said an altercation occurred inside the bowling alley and “basically it spilled out into the parking lot very quickly.”
“Staff there reacted appropriately,” Crowley said Saturday morning during a press conference at the downtown police headquarters.
“Everybody came out and that’s when this happened. So it was very quick. ”
Police say one shooter fired into a crowd of about 20 people, hitting five men. All five are in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The suspect fled the scene in what is described as a light colored, four-door mid-size SUV truck similar to a Ford Explorer Sports TRAC.
It was reported to have traveledled south on Forest Glade, west on Ridge Road and south on Esplanade Drive.
Crowley said police are not sure how many suspects are involved but they have information that there might have been three people in the vehicle.
“But at this point we don’t know who fired the shots,” he said. “We’re still going through statements, interviewing people.”
In response to the reporter’s questions, he also said it is unknown if the five men who were shot know each other.
“Police are still trying to get to the bottom of the basis for the altercation and the relationship of any of the people involved,” Crowley said.
“There’s no concern for further public danger as this incident appears to be isolated to the events of early (Saturday) morning,” Acting Windsor Police Chief Jason Bellaire said.
“However, the very actions of this individual have triggered an investigation that will be resourced without limitation,” Bellaire said.
“We’re putting every asset into action to find and apprehend the suspect from this incident.”
Police later tweeted that “through investigation, this is believed to be a targeted incident stemming from a fight that occurred inside the bowling alley earlier in the night, however at least one of the persons shot was a bystander leaving the bowling alley, having no involvement in the earlier altercation. ”
At this time, investigators believe there to be one suspect shooter but no description was available.
The Windsor Police major crime unit is continuing to investigate and asking the public to provide any available video from the area.
“We are specifically looking at the time frame for the time period of 12:30 am (Saturday) morning to 1:30 am,” Crowley said.
“I want to emphasize that any suspects are currently outstanding and should be considered armed and dangerous.
“Please, if this vehicle is spotted, do not approach it or any suspects that might be related to it but rather please call 911.”
Bellaire noted the indiscriminate manner of the shooting.
“The absolute recklessness and disregard for human life in this case is shocking,” he said. “The fact that no person died as a result of the actions of this suspect is simply luck.
“I want to reassure everyone that the Windsor Police Service will do everything that it can to apprehend this individual and we will continue to invest ourselves in anti-firearms violence and crime suppression strategies.”
Police are requesting that any persons traveling in the area with dash cams or any citizens or businesses in the area equipped with video surveillance, contact the major crimes branch at 519-255-6700, ext. 4830 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or catchcrooks.com.