ourWindsor: Apartment building targeted in west end shooting

Portofino Windsor (Jon Liedtke)

Jonathon LiedtkeOurWindsor.ca – Thursday, September 5, 2013


The Windsor Police Service is still requesting information from the public about a shooting which took place this past Tuesday at a west end condominium.

On Tuesday Sept 3rd at approximately 10:45pm, Windsor Police received several telephone calls reporting gunfire in the area of Riverside Drive West, between Cameron and Elm Streets.

“Our units were dispatched to that area and they conducted an extensive search of the area, including a brush area,” said Sgt. Matt D’Asti, the Public Information Officer of the Windsor Police Service. “At the time, they did not initially find anything, however a short time later they discovered fresh damage to some windows on a west facing apartment unit.”

Police discovered two bullet holes fired into a main floor apartment unit and dispatched ESU (Emergency Services Unit) who cleared the apartment to ensure that there were no victims or suspects inside.

D’Asti explained that the police have obtained a search warrant to enter the apartment and seize evidence in relation to the incident -primarily bullets – however the results of the search are unknown at the time of publishing. Police also conducted an extensive ground search around the unit.

“I found out after it happened,” said Heather Zaleski who works for Bell Media and lives in the area.

While Zaleski was surprised by the incident, she explained that it didn’t really bother her. “Our neighbourhood is up-and-coming and it takes patience, it’ll get there. I don’t think it’s scary, I think it’s just people being idiots.”

Zaleski has lived in the neighbourhood her entire life and she explained that she’s never seen as much “commotion” as she had in the past months; in fact, a previous shooting weeks back occurred just doors down from her house.

Windsor Police officers have been attempting to contact the homeowner of the condo over the past two days to get more background for the investigation.

“I think [Windsor Police] are doing a great job, I think they were right on top of it,” said Zaleski who went on to add that events such as this have not changed her perception of the city overall.

“I think that it happens in every city. I love Windsor, it’s a great city,” she Zaleski. “We’ve got Detroit right across the water, we’re not far from Toronto … we don’t get a lot of natural disasters and we get all four seasons … how can you complain about that!?”

D’Asti explained that Windsor Police are treating the incident as serious and is pleading with the public to come forward with any information.

“We are treating the matters as serious and we’ve made a plea to the public, based on the [severity] of these incidents, if any individuals within the community are aware of any information in relation to these incidents to call police and if not, then they can definitely call Crime Stoppers,” said D’Asti. “We’re asking people to step up with anything.”


Apartment building targeted in west end shooting

Jonathon Liedtke is the Features & Opinion Editor for the University of Windsor Lance Campus/Community Newspaper and a reporter for ourWindsor.ca. As a founding member and current Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee, he is committed to representing, connecting, engaging with and advocating for local youth. He is also a member of Windsor’s “Punk with Horns” band The Nefidovs, and as such, is committed to enhancing and sustaining the arts community.


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