As investigators continue to dig into CCTV and more, exploring all potential avenues in a downtown Cobourg shooting investigation, police are also asking residents to be patient, saying answers will take time. time.
Northumberland News recently reached out to Northumberland OPP and the Cobourg Police Service to glean what we can about the investigation and to talk about community safety amid concerns about whether this shooting could be a sign that violence is more serious could be on the rise.
HERE’S WHAT WE HEARD:
“We cannot speculate on the motivation behind this incident; however, I can assure you that we are indeed exploring all the different avenues of investigation available to us,” said Northumberland OPP Const. Rob Simpson.
The OPP Northumberland Criminal Unit and OPP Central Region Forensic Identification Services are now leading the investigation, under the direction of the Investigations Branch with members of the Cobourg Police Service — including members of its Criminal Investigations Branch — as part of the investigative team, and in partnership with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario.
Police have not released many details directly related to the investigation.
Police still say it was an “isolated incident”, with “no concern for public safety”.
The Ontario Provincial Police recently confirmed they located the suspect vehicle in connection with the shooting, in which police say two suspects left the scene.
The black Lexus SUV – which police said had been reported stolen earlier – was found abandoned in Markham later on the day of the shooting, June 27, 2022, the Ontario Provincial Police reported.
As reported in the Markham Economist and Suna black Lexus SUV – also reported as stolen to Toronto police – was found near a recreational trail in Markham on June 27. A resident said he found the vehicle on fire on a trail towards YorkRegion.com.
When asked if this vehicle was linked to the Cobourg shooting investigation, the OPP said that with the investigation still ongoing, police could not comment on this.
As of the press deadline, no arrests had been made in connection with the shooting.
“The investigation is not like you see it on TV – so we’re not going to settle this case until the ad airs,” said Chief Paul VandeGraaf of the Cobourg Police Department. “It takes time and unfortunately television has led the general public to believe that things move at a much greater speed than they actually do.”
It is “due diligence” and “speed” in these investigations that are essential – and the OPP has great expertise in these matters, VandeGraaf noted, while also thanking the OPP Ontario and Commissioner Thomas Carrique for their assistance in the investigation.
VandeGraaf described these types of investigations as “deliberately methodical”.
That means it will take time to come to a conclusion, he explained, while urging the community to be patient. VandeGraaf said the team put in place to oversee this investigation is “second to none in the country”.
Police said as more information becomes available – and they don’t know when that might be – these updates will be shared.
No small service or community is immune to the gun violence Canada is experiencing – and Cobourg will not be the last to face it, VandeGraaf said, although noting that this tragic incident could have an impact on the “perception of security”.
VandeGraaf pledged to continue to listen to concerns, remain accessible and “respond accordingly”.
“At the end of the day, it could have happened anywhere in the town of Cobourg. It happened downtown, and the reality is that people are going to feel unsafe, but overall when I look at the stats, our calls to arms so far this year are at seven VandeGraaf said, also noting in one instance a call involved a youth firing a pellet gun.
While year-to-date numbers can change rapidly and only provide a snapshot in time, this snapshot shows that the area is trending slightly above average at this time of year, which is five, VandeGraaf noted.
Asked about possible upward trends or numbers of late indicating a possible increase in more serious crime locally, VandeGraaf said that this area – like other communities large, small and large across the Canada – starting to see an increase in replica guns and/or guns and knives involved in some cases. This was also pointed out earlier in the service annual report 2021which also detailed a total of 18 weapons seized last year, including a baton and 14 prohibited knives.
“What that tells me is that a lot of us feel the same way. And I can tell you from the outpouring of support from other communities that I’ve received since Monday that it’s not a question of “Oh my God, what happened?”
“It’s ‘Oh, sorry what happened to you, in a way. I’m sorry it happened in your community.
However, shootings are not reported as common here, with the last one taking place in October 2017 at the hospital.
“OUR TEAM HAS REUNITED”:
As reported earlier by police, around 10 a.m. on June 27, Cobourg police responded to reports of gunfire downtown. VandeGraaf said his platoons arrived at the scene – at the Jamaican Patty House – “almost immediately” and provided “rescue efforts”, until a man was rushed to hospital in ambulance.
It was later reported that Rohan Pyne, 37, of Scarborough, suffered life-threatening injuries and succumbed to those injuries in hospital.
As he faced such a tragic incident, VandeGraaf applauded his team’s recent efforts, saying “our team has come together.”
“The team did a really good job, and a lot of people will want to say a lot of different things, but from a person (with) over 32 years of policing experience – and I’ve seen, sadly, too many these circumstances of my career – I can tell you the team here… did a great job.
TO CALL FOR HELP:
The Ontario Provincial Police relies on the public for assistance in such cases and continues to encourage anyone who may have witnessed this incident to immediately contact the Northumberland Ontario Provincial Police (1- 888-310-1122), Simpson said, adding that those who would like to make an anonymous tip can also call Crime Stoppers (1-888-222-8477.)
“In this case, in particular, we are asking the public to provide any dash cam video footage they may have captured while driving in the King Street East and Division Street area of the city. from Cobourg between 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
“Sometimes drivers can forget they even have one in their vehicle because they rarely use them – and they can certainly capture a lot of valuable information when it comes to circumstances like this.”
— With files from Jeremy Grimaldi.