More details are emerging into the circumstances of a deadly shooting involving a bystander in a parking lot of a community centre in Brampton, Ont. over the weekend.
Ontario Provincial Police officials identified the victim as 37-year-old Abdullahi Yusuf. He was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries and later died in hospital, OPP said.
Mohamed Alameddin, 33, was charged with careless use of a firearm and careless storage of a firearm after allegedly shooting Yusuf on June 17.
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Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told reporters Alameddin’s weapon has been recovered and is being analysed.
The police, however, are still investigating Alameddin’s motive in the shooting, which police say occurred at around 5:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the Cedar Heights Recreation Centre.
Schmidt said Alameddin was caught in the middle of a confrontation between two people, later identified as Yusuf and a 37-year-old man who is believed to be his former common-law partner.
The woman has since been charged with obstructing justice.
Schmidt said Alameddin took the gun from his partner and fired it at Yusuf and the man was shot in the abdomen.
It was not clear who first fired the weapon.
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He said neither Yusuf nor the other man were armed.
Yusuf’s brother and his former common-law partner, all from Brampton, are expected to make an appearance in court Thursday.
When asked if the death was intentional, Schmidt said officers are still determining if there are any aggravating circumstances.
“When you come into contact with a firearm and you fire at someone, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what the intent was,” he said.
Schmidt confirmed police were called to the recreation centre because Alameddin was allegedly drunk and angry before he confronted Yusuf.
“He was upset. He did have a confrontation and he was angry,” Schmidt said.
A review of security at the centre’s entrances is being conducted.
Meanwhile, Alameddin remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.