LATEST: Casino shooting victim identified as suspects fled

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Published October 9, 2023 at 10:55 am

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A 34-year-old security guard is dead after a shooting at a Pickering Casino and Resort last night.

Durham Regional Police responded to a shots fired call at the casino near Church St. and Hwy 401, just after 5 a.m., Monday morning.

Sgt. Joanne Bortoluss said that when police arrived they found the security guard, Michael Ferdinand, suffering from gunshot wounds.

Ferdinand was transported to a Toronto trauma centre where he was pronounced dead.

Bortoluss says a group of men and women, who arrived at the casino armed and fled immediately after the shooting, are suspects and remain outstanding.

The force’s homicide unit is working with the casino to review surveillance video, interview witnesses, are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Police say the casino and the hotel on the scene are closed for the investigation, and guests are being allowed to stay in their rooms or leave if they need to— though there are reports of portions of the hotel evacuated.

The murder is the eleventh in Durham Region this year.

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