Const. Heather Cannon said officers located two people, both with gunshot wounds, in a vehicle on Highway 410 south of Sandalwood Parkway at around 2:30 a.m.
Peel paramedics said one man suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local trauma centre and another man died at the scene.
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Cannon said that while officers were on the scene, they “had an interaction with a separate vehicle” and, due to that interaction, police notified the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) who have invoked their mandate.
The SIU, Ontario’s police watchdog, is an independent enforcement agency that investigates incidents involving police that have resulted in death, serious injury or alleged sexual assault.
Cannon said the homicide unit is investigating the death of the shooting victim on Highway 410 and the SIU is investigating the interaction Peel police officers reportedly had with another vehicle at the same location.
Monica Hudon, a spokesperson with the SIU, said late Monday that they are investigating the circumstances around a Peel police officer who discharged a firearm at an Audi SUV that was parked on the side of the highway next to a pick up truck.
Hudon said police were trying to block the Audi from going forward when the car reversed and attempted to move forward. An officer then fired multiple shots at the vehicle, which fled the scene northbound on Highway 410, Hudon said.
Police say one person has died and another suffered serious injuries after they were shot in a car this morning on a highway west of Toronto.
She said that vehicle was found abandoned in a residential area near Checkerberry Crescent and Geddes Lane. Police are still looking for the occupants of the Audi. Hudon said they do not know how many people were inside the Audi.
Hudon said it is not known if anyone was injured when police discharged their firearm at the vehicle. She also said the SIU is conducting a parallel investigation with Peel police.
“Somebody may or may not have been injured and so we need to be called in so that we can start fresh right at the beginning to see if this is something we need to continue to investigate,” Hudon said.
Police said Highway 410 is closed in both directions. Highway 410 is closed northbound from Bovaird Drive to Sandalwood Parkway and southbound from Mayfield Road to Sandalwood Parkway, police said.
Police said that due to the multiple scenes involved in the investigation, roads will be closed for quite some time and will remain blocked off well after the morning rush hour.
SIU investigating after Peel officer discharged firearm at fleeing vehicle on highway 410. SIU spokesperson en route to scene.
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One person is dead and another person is in critical condition after an apparent shooting involving moving vehicles on Highway 410 in Brampton.
The shooting took place in the northbound lanes of the highway between Bovaird Drive and Sandalwood Parkway at around 2:30 a.m.
Police arriving on scene located the two shooting victims in a vehicle stopped on the highway and then attempted to box in an Audi that was observed on scene and deemed to be suspicious.
The Special Investigation Unit says that vehicle then reversed, prompting a Peel Regional Police officer to fire multiple shots at it in an unsuccessful attempt at halting its progress.
The vehicle was later found abandoned and riddled with bullet holes on Checkerberry Crescent, which is just east of Highway 410.
The SIU is looking into the circumstances surrounding the police interaction with the Audi while Peel Regional Police are leading the investigation into the initial shooting.
The SIU is mandated to investigate any interaction where there has been serious injury or death. We dont know what happened in this particular case yet as we havent located the occupants of the vehicle but police have an obligation to notify us whenever there is an incident that could possibly fall under the SIUs mandate, spokesperson Monica Hudon said at the scene on Monday afternoon. An officer discharged his firearm, a vehicle was struck and somebody may or may not have been injured so we need to be called in so that we can start fresh right at the beginning and we will see whether this is something that we will continue to investigate.
Hudon said that investigators will be examining the suspect vehicle as part of their investigation and are also looking to speak with anyone who witnessed the events that transpired on Highway 410.
All I know right now is that multiple shots were fired at the vehicle, she said. Whether you witnessed what happened on the highway between police and the vehicle or what happened leading up to when the vehicle was abandoned we would like to hear from you.
Police have said that the two victims in the initial shooting, believed to be men in their 20s, were both found in a vehicle that was stopped just south of Sandalwood Parkway.
Const. Heather Cannon told reporters earlier on Monday that police are dealing with multiple crime scenes, though she refused to comment on how many.
She also refused to comment on whether a reported carjacking involving a black Honda Pilot being operated as an Uber in the area where the suspect vehicle was located could be related to the police investigation.
She said that right now investigators with the SIU are working alongside forensics investigators, who are searching for evidence on Highway 410.
At this particular point homicide is canvassing the area. Anyone that has any dash cam video or anything that can assist the investigation we are looking for, she said.
Highway 410 is currently closed in both directions between Bovaird Drive and Mayfield Road due to the ongoing investigation.
A Peel Regional Police cruiser is shown at the scene of a deadly shooting investigation on Highway 410 in Brampton on Monday afternoon. (Steve Ryan)