Pickering Casino re-opens three days after fatal shooting


Published October 12, 2023 at 11:13 am

Pickering Casino
via Bonnie Elena

The Pickering Casino Resort is set to reopen three days after security guard Michael Ferdinand was shot and killed.

Ferdinand, 34, was on duty around 5 a.m. on Oct 9. Reports indicate a group of both men and women were denied entry into the Church St. casino and responded violently. The group opened fire and struck Ferdinand.

The group fled before Durham Regional Police could respond to the scene. First responders found the wounded Ferdinand and rushed him to hospital. He succumbed to his injuries sometime later. His was the eleventh murder in Durham Region this year.

The group of suspects has yet to be identified and remains at large.

The casino was immediately shut down following the gunfire though guests in the attached hotel were allowed to remain. However, they too were asked to leave the premises around 9 a.m.

Casino operators Great Canadian Entertainment announced they would reopen at 10 a.m. on Oct. 12.

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