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Teens shot at with replica firearm in Welland: Niagara Police

No one was injured, but the rear window of a nearby vehicle was shattered
2020-08-27 Welland shooting
Suspect vehicle in an Airsoft shooting incident in Welland. Photo supplied by Niagara Regional Police

On Aug. 25, 2020 at approximately 7:05 p.m., 3 District – Welland uniform officers from the Niagara Regional Police Service responded to a weapons call in the area of Colbeck Drive and Stormm Court in Welland.

The initial investigation by officers determined that at approximately 6:55 p.m., a group of five youths (ages 14-15 years old) were walking northbound on Colbeck Drive. A northbound minivan drove past the group. As the van drove by, one of the three people in the van opened fire on the group of youths with a replica firearm (sometimes called an Airsoft).

One of the youths was struck with a BB but was not injured. The rear window of a nearby unrelated parked car was shattered.

A description of the driver could not be obtained.

The front passenger has been described as a black male, approximately 18 years old, with large curly black / brown hair.

The rear passenger is described as a black male with dreadlocks.

The suspect vehicle is described as a silver or light grey, older model, Pontiac Montana van. The van has five spoke silver hub caps. The front driver side hub cap is missing.

The investigation has not been able to rule out that this was a targeted incident.

The matter remains under investigation by detectives from the 3 District Detective Office. Anyone with information is asked to call 905-688-4111, ext. 3300.