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Published August 21, 2023

Barrie police investigating shooting at hotel

Barrie police are investigating after a shot was fired during a scuffle in the rear parking lot of the Quality Inn on Hart Drive.

Officers were called to the scene around 3:45 on Sunday afternoon.

According to investigators, a 40-year-old man, who is originally from Windsor, was injured after being robbed by two males who were waiting in the parking lot in what is described as a silver four-door Kia Optima. Earlier, police had said the vehicle was a Kia Forte.

"The meeting appeared to be pre-arranged as the two males from the parked car exited their car and approached the victim’s car. This interaction became violent as one of the suspects removed items from the victim’s car, while the other, who was armed with a firearm, fought with the victim. A shot was fired by the male armed with the gun as the victim reversed his car across the parking and struck some fencing," police said in a news release on Monday.

Police say the victim was transported to hospital after he suffered a serious leg injury that happened when he reversed his car.

"Police believe there is no risk to public safety," stated the news release. "Seized video surveillance is assisting and police have confirmed the suspects fled westbound on Hart Drive."

Police are trying to identify the suspects.

The male armed with the gun is described as having a dark complexion, thin build, shoulder length black hair with dreadlocks, black beard, and mustache, wearing a black baseball cap on backward with a white logo at the back and on the brim, black hooded sweatshirt, black jogging pants with a white logo on the left upper thigh, white and black running shoes.

The other male, who was driving the silver Kia, is described as male, white, heavy build, bald, wearing a blue T-shirt, grey shorts, and black running shoes.

Anyone with information or video that may assist police is asked to please contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025.

Banner image: At the Scene Photography - Michael Chorney - Quality Inn in Barrie/Sunday

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