Canada: Indian student succumbs to injuries sustained during shooting rampage

Satwinder Singh, who was injured in the shooting last Monday, died at the Hamilton General Hospital with his family and friends by his side. The violence erupted in Mississauga shortly after 2 pm.

Press Trust of India September 19, 2022 11:41:10 IST
Canada: Indian student succumbs to injuries sustained during shooting rampage

According to police, a 28-year-old Indian student died from wounds received during a shooting spree in Canada’s Ontario province that also claimed the lives of two other people, including a police constable. The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) said in a statement on Saturday that Satwinder Singh, who was hurt in the shooting last Monday in Milton, passed away at the Hamilton General Hospital with his family and friends by his side. According to the statement on Saturday, Singh was an Indian international student who was employed part-time at MK Auto Repairs at the time of the shooting.

“The HRPS would like to express heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victim, and the communities impacted by this horrible tragedy,” it said. Monday’s shooting resulted in the deaths of Toronto Police Constable Andrew Hong, 48, and Shakeel Ashraf, 38, a mechanic who owned MK Auto Repairs. The gunman was identified as 40-year-old Sean Petrie. He was later shot dead by police in Hamilton.

At the Oakville home of a relative, Singh’s grieving father was surrounded by relatives and friends after giving staff at the Hamilton General Hospital permission to pull his son off life support Saturday afternoon, said Sarabjot Kaur, a cousin who grew up with Singh told Toronto Star newspaper. The father, who had not seen his son since before the pandemic, had just arrived earlier from Dubai, where he works as a truck driver, Kaur said.

Tanner had previously confirmed that Petrie had worked briefly at MK Auto Repairs. According to an online GoFundMe page honouring Singh, the former international student had been on life support and had been declared brain-dead. He is described in the post as a loving son, brother and grandson who will be missed daily. He had a passion for reading and writing poetry.

Singh, who obtained an MBA in marketing in India, was a student at Conestoga College. He had been working part-time at MK Collision Centre in Milton. The violence erupted in Mississauga shortly after 2 pm, when Constable Hong, who was in the city for a training session and on his lunch break at a Tim Hortons, was shot and killed at close range.

Investigators believe the killing was unprovoked and that the suspect was on the lookout for an officer, The Globe and Mail newspaper reported. As of Sunday afternoon, GoFundMe had raised more than 35,000 dollars to help support Singh’s family and return his body to India.

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