Man police say a Toronto police officer and a Milton mechanic were shot and killed after more than two hours in Mississauga Tim Hortons on Monday after he “ambushed” Const. Andrew Hong, who was teaching a motorcycle course nearby, before leaving for lunch break.
While the motive for Monday’s shooting rampage through Mississauga and Milton is unknown, investigators with Peel Regional Police said Thursday they believe the gunman — 40-year-old Sean Petrie, who was armed with a handgun — was a The officer was spending his time for the police.
“On the face of it, we believe he was waiting for someone in uniform,” Peel’s police chief Nishan Duraiappa told reporters Thursday in an update on the detailed, multi-jurisdictional investigation.
As previously reported by Star, he attempted to steal the officer’s gun after Petrie shot Hong, but could not get past Holster’s security system.
Peel Police Det. Mike Mavity said Thursday that investigators are looking into whether Petrie targeted Hong with the intention of taking his weapon, though he said investigators have no evidence to date.
Petrie – who was living out of his car and had a long criminal record – shot five people on Monday in a stampede that lasted two hours, when he himself got into a shootout with police in Hamilton’s cemetery. was badly shot. Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU), probing Petri’s murder, confirmed on Thursday that police and Petrie had an exchange of bullets before his death.
Investigators are still figuring out why each of the shooting victims was chosen by Petrie, including whether they were targeted or chosen at random.
After shooting Hong, Petrie shot another man in the stomach and stole his black SUV. Petrie then moved on to his former workplace, an autobody shop in Milton. There he killed Shakeel Ashraf, a 38-year-old father of two children, the owner of the shop and shot two others.
Halton Police Chief Stephen Tanner said one of the injured, a 28-year-old international exchange student who works part-time at Ashraf’s autobody shop, was unlikely to survive.
“Sadly, he remains on life support and is not expected to survive,” Tanner said.
Tanner confirmed that Petrie was for some time an employee of the autobody shop, Emkay Auto Repair. Tanner said police were investigating rumors of Petrie’s threats prior to the shooting, but this has not been confirmed.
Investigators have gathered a detailed account of Petrie’s “extensive” criminal past, but there are significant gaps about other aspects of his life, including who he was in contact with and where he was living at the time of the shooting.