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Sikh family targeted in shooting in Ontario, Canada, man kills wife, child seriously injured

Ottawa: A Sikh family from India was targeted in a shooting in the Canadian province of Ontario last month, killing one person, in what was likely a case of mistaken identity, provincial police have said.

Jagtar Singh, 57, was killed while his wife Harbhajan Kaur, 55, and their daughter were seriously injured during the shootout on Mayfield Road near Airport Road on the Caledon-Brampton border on November 21.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers and paramedics found Jagtar Singh dead at the scene when they arrived and transported Kaur and her daughter to hospital with life-threatening injuries, the Toronto Star newspaper reported on Monday.

OPP Detective Inspector Brian McDermott said officers are “investigating all aspects of this murder, including whether the victims of this crime were targeted”.

“It is still too early to take any concrete decisions on that aspect.” A source close to the victims, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the family wanted to clarify that they were not involved in anything that led to the firing at their rented house on November 20.

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Describing them as “innocent” and normal people, the source said the victims had no ties to criminal activity and had no ties to an illegal trucking operation at the same address that was recently shut down by the city of Caledon.

The man and his wife were visiting family from India when they were shot, the source said.

The source said the family believes the attackers who broke into the house that night were looking for someone else. “They mistakenly shot this family thinking it was (the man’s) family,” he said.

Investigators have not said whether the shooting was business-related.

The source said the family was not involved in business and was simply renting the upper part of the house. The basement unit was also being rented out.

“This was a normal family,” a representative of Gurdwara Jot Prakash Sahib, a Sikh place of worship in Brampton, said days after the shooting.

“Everyone is shocked,” the gurudwara representative said.

(This report is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. Except for the headline, the content has not been modified or edited by ABP Live.)



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