WARMINGTON: Murder suspect not caught at scene, but caught on camera

Zachary O’Gorman, 22, faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the Oct. 12 murder of 36-year-old Amanjot Bains in a Brampton plaza

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Just because the alleged shooter manages to flee the scene doesn’t mean it was a clean getaway.


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This was something Zachary O’Gorman learned Wednesday when Peel Regional Police came calling just eight days after a fatal Brampton strip plaza shooting.

The 22-year-old Brampton man now faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Amanjot Bains, 36, who was gunned down in a parking lot outside a sports bar at Dixie Rd. and Peter Robertson Blvd. on Oct. 12.

With there being cameras everywhere in 2021, this nice neighbourhood and its residents were key to this quick arrest.

Outraged, they partnered with police to help catch the suspect.

“Another fast-paced investigation supported by the community, and professionalism of our homicide and missing persons bureau,” said Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich.


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“Their commitment to providing answers to the family, friends and loved ones of the victim, Amanjot Bains, has led to this expeditious arrest and helps bring some closure in this tragic incident.”

Bains was shot to death just before 1 a.m., and the accused had the jump on police by means of a getaway car.

But the police had plenty of video footage from the many businesses that call the plaza home.

Plus, citizens offered up security and dash-cam footage, which helped investigators track down their suspect.

In the week following the crime, the suspect returned to work on renovation projects.

Everything appeared to be back to normal for him as the news of the homicide dropped out of the news cycle.

But Peel Police did not drop it. They were working around the clock and on Wednesday they surprised him with news that his next stop would be the courthouse, not his job site.


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Police also surprised a second person they came across in this investigation.

His name is Gurpreet Singh, 29, also of Brampton, who has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

It is not believed he was at the scene of the crime, but he’s accused of offering assistance to the prime suspect.

Both are innocent until proven guilty.

Amanjot Bain, 36, was shot to death in Brampton on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.
Amanjot Bain, 36, was shot to death in Brampton on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Handout /Peel Regional Police

Meanwhile, police are still working hard on determining just what happened here.

Was this an argument that got out of hand? Did the accused and the victim know each other? What was the motive?

Did the accused have a gun inside the bar and then wait for the victim to exit, or was there an effort to go and retrieve a firearm?

This case is far from closed. In fact, police are hoping for help from any member of the public who can help answer some of these questions.


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They encourage “anyone with information on this incident, surveillance video or dash cam, to call investigators from the homicide and missing persons bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 3205” or send in something anonymously through Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or peelcrimestoppers.ca .

The public’s information has already led to an arrest in Peel’s 13th homicide of 2021.

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“Video played a huge part,” acting inspector Mike Pulley said.

“In particular the collaborative assistance of people within the community to share their video with the police was instrumental in providing important evidence. This case is a perfect example of the police working side by side with all our community members.”

A suspect may have been able to escape a murder scene, but thanks to cameras and tips from the public, he was not able to escape charges.



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