Murders in Mississauga and Caledon linked to residential shootings in Brampton: police

Police say two separate homicide investigations in Mississauga and Caledon and a series of residential shootings in Brampton last November are now believed to be connected and investigators are asking the public for help in identifying the perpetrators.

Officers from Peel Regional Police and Ontario Provincial Police provided an update on the joint investigation, dubbed Project Midnight, at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Police said “investigative information and forensic evidence” have confirmed that five shootings in Peel Region, including two that resulted in the deaths of three people, are linked.

“Although police believe all of the shootings were targeted, the victims of the homicides were not the intended targets,” Peel police said Thursday.

No injuries in three Brampton shootings

According to police, three of the five shootings occurred in Brampton during a one-week period before the homicides.

On Nov. 7, officers were called to the area of ​​Cottrelle Boulevard and Thorndale Road after police said two suspects discharged firearms outside a residence and fled in a black Dodge RAM 1500 pickup truck.

Brampton, shooting, suspects,Another shooting was reported Nov. 11 at a home near Lorenville Drive and Elbern Markell Drive. Police said that in that incident, the two suspects fled in a burgundy Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck.

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That same residence, police said, was targeted a second time on Nov. 14 when a suspect shot into the house and fled in a late-model silver Mazda 3 hatchback.

Mazda, shot, Brampton,No injuries were reported in any of the three shootings, police said.

The next day, Peel police were called to Royal Windsor Drive and Winston Churchill Boulevard in Mississauga for a fatal shooting at a business in the area.

According to police, two unknown suspects approached a business and shot and killed a person who was working there at the time.

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‘Wrongly targeted’

The victim was later identified as 29-year-old Brampton resident Jagraj Singh.

“Investigators have determined that Mr. Singh was not the intended target and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Peel Police Homicide Inspector. Todd Custance told reporters Thursday.

The suspects arrived and fled in a blue Dodge Challenger, police said.

On Nov. 20, a shooting at a home on Mayfield Road in Caledon left two people dead and a third with life-altering injuries, police said. All three victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds during the attack, investigators added. The man and woman killed in the shooting were previously identified as Jagtar Sidhu and Harbhajan Sidhu, 57.

“We want to emphasize that the three homicide victims were innocent and were targeted by mistake,” the OPP inspector said. Brian McDermott said Thursday.

Police said “multiple suspects” were involved in the Caledon shooting and one was last seen on Mayfield Road getting into a black pickup truck believed to have been stolen from Mississauga six days earlier.

“Shortly after the homicides… the same black pickup truck that was stolen from Mississauga was involved in a vehicle fire in the area of ​​Old Baseline Road and Creditview Road in Caledon,” McDermott said.

Caledon, homicide, van,Police said they are also looking to speak with a person who was in the area of ​​Mississauga Valley Boulevard and Arista Way at the time the van was stolen on Nov. 14.

Person of interest, van, truck, Mississauga,Police said the person “may have valuable information” that will help with the investigation.

Police spoke to homicide victims days before they were killed.

At Thursday’s news conference, investigators also confirmed that Peel police spoke with the two Caledon homicide victims at their home days before their deaths.

“On November 16, 2023, Peel Regional Police investigators attended this address for an unrelated, legal investigative purpose and spoke to a number of individuals, including the victims of that homicide,” Custance said.

Police did not reveal details of the conversation with the victims at the time, but when pressed for more information, Custance said it was in relation to the homicide that occurred the previous day.

“It was as part of the investigation into the death of Mr Singh on Royal Windsor Drive,” Custance told reporters.

“At that time we had no information that the occupants were in danger. “In a homicide investigation, as in any major case, we visit dozens, if not hundreds, of addresses, in support of an investigation and this case is certainly no different.”

Police have now released photos of suspects believed to be involved in the shootings and investigators are asking anyone with information about the incidents to contact the dedicated tip line at 1-833-941-5570.

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