Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pickering's second murder of 2008

PICKERING -- A quiet Pickering neighbourhood where large family homes line the street became the scene of Durham Region's second murder of the year early this morning.

Shortly after midnight Durham Regional Police were called to 1675 Holly Hedge Drive in Pickering in the Major Oaks and Brock Roads area in response to a shooting.

Police found one dead man inside the residence and a second suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The injured man, a Pickering resident, was taken to hospital for treatment. The name of the murdered man, also believed to be a Pickering resident, is being withheld pending identification.

Police believe the shooting occurred inside the residence although it is unclear at this point whether either or both of the men lived in the house. The investigation is continuing and no arrests have been made.

This is the second murder in Pickering this year. The body of Khristian Gerri Ottley, 23, of Valley Farm Road. was found Jan. 15 in a car in a ravine area off Valley Farm Road, north of Hwy. 2 around 4 p.m. No arrest has been made in Mr. Ottley's murder.

Anyone with information about today's murder is asked to call the DRPS Homicide Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5326. Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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