Windsor Police arrest three males in connection with downtown shooting

Windsor Police arrest three males in connection with downtown shooting
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Windsor police investigate an early morning shooting on Ouellette Avenue at Maiden Lane in downtown Windsor on Oct. 5, 2018. Dax Melmer / Windsor Star

Windsor police announced the apprehension of three men involved in a shooting Oct. 5 in the area of Maiden Lane and Ouellette Avenue Thursday.

The 28-year-old who got shot, Robert Edwards from Mississauga, has been charged with possession of a firearm without a licence, pointing a firearm, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and breach of recognizance.

A 26-year-old Windsor resident, Luther Downey, has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm without a licence and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Police say the shooting victim was also found in possession of some illicit drugs. He sustained serious injuries and was transported to hospital in critical condition. He was arrested Wednesday while still recovering from his injuries.

Thirty-two-year-old Windsor resident Anthony Jones has been charged with possession of a firearm without a licence and obstruction of justice.

The chargesThe alleged shooter, Luther Downey from Windsor, has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm without a licence and reckless discharge of a firearm.

The victim of the shooting is 28-year-old Robert Edwards of Mississauga. Edwards, who is still recovering from his serious wounds, has been charged with possession of a firearm without a licence, pointing a firearm, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (suspected methamphetamine) and breach of recognizance.

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In a press release police said Downey approached Edwards, fired his handgun and subsequently fled the area in what police called a targeted shooting.

Police have arrested three men in connection to a shooting in downtown Windsor, including the person who was sent to hospital in critical condition.

Edwards was also seen pointing a gun shortly after the incident before handing it off to another male. Edwards was also found in possession of suspected illicit drugs.

One of the involved males attended Windsor Police headquarters on October 8 and was subsequently placed under arrest.

Patrol officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Ouellette Avenue and Maiden Lane on Friday, Oct. 5 around 1:45 a.m.

Police received information that one person was shot and there were numerous people in the area.

As for the 32-year-old man, he turned himself in to Windsor police headquarters Monday and was placed under arrest.

Through investigation, officers say they discovered that the suspect approached a 28-year-old man, fired his handgun at him and subsequently ran from the area. 

Police say the 28-year-old man was also observed pointing a handgun shortly after the incident and then handing it to another man. 

An investigation determined a 26-year-old man allegedly fired his handgun at another man, 28, and fled the area.

Officers say the 28-year-old man was also later found to be in possession of a quantity of suspected illicit drugs.

The 28-year-old man sustained serious injuries and received emergency first aid from a citizen and EMS paramedics.  He was subsequently transported to hospital for treatment.

Investigators from the Major Crime Branch were able to identify the three individuals directly involved in this incident.  All have been arrested.

One of the involved men attended Windsor Police headquarters on Monday, Oct. 8 and was subsequently placed under arrest.

The 28-year-old man continues to recover from serious injuries sustained during the incident. On Wednesday, he was placed under arrest. 

Police say the suspected shooter was located on Wednesday in the 1000 block of Windsor Avenue. 

He was subsequently placed under arrest by members of the Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (ROPE) Squad and the Windsor Police Emergency Services Unit.

Investigators believe this was a targeted incident. But Constable Andy Drouillard says they are still looking for two guns involved in the shooting.

I think the message is guns and drugs go hand in hand and its definitely a dangerous scenario for all involved, admits Drouillard.

Luther Downey,26, from Windsor, is charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm without a licence, and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Robert Edwards, 28, from Missassauga, is charged with possession of a firearm without a licence, point firearm, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (suspected methamphetamine) and breach of recognizance.

Anthony Jones, 32, from Windsor, is charged with possession of a firearm without a licence and obstructing justice.

Theres definitely been an uptick in property-related crime and violent crime, admits Drouillard, but he cant say if the downtown shooting is related to gang activity in Windsor.

Thats part of the investigation at this point right, determining exactly the sequence of events, what the motives were involved in here,

Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4830, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.

Windsor police continue to investigate a shooting in the area of Ouellette Avenue and Maiden Lane in Windsor, Ont., on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (Chris Campbell / CTV Windsor)

A 26-year-old Windsor man has been charged with attempted murder related to a downtown shooting, but police cant say if the crime is gang related.