A 26-year-old man was shot to death early Sunday morning at a hookah bar on Hamilton Mountain.
Cops say that around 2:30 a.m., officers were called to Raoabe Restaurant, Lounge and Bar on Upper Ottawa St. for reports of a shooting.
When they arrived they discovered the victim inside the establishment suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency personnel transported the man to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Two male suspects in dark clothing were seen by witnesses fleeing the bar.
The murder marks the 16th homicide of the year in Hamilton — just one behind the record-breaking 17 murders that occurred in the city in 2020.
The Hamilton Police Major Crime Unit is now investigating.
A heavy police presence was expected in the area as police canvassed for video and witnesses. There were also a large number of patrons inside the bar at the time of the shooting and Hamilton Police encourage anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.
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If you have any information that you believe could assist police with the investigation into this crime, you are asked to contact Det David Brewster at 905-546-4067. To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com .