At about 10:06 this morning (June 27, 2022), police were called to a shooting at the Jamaican Patty Shop at 12 King Street East. Shortly after the gunshots, two suspects were seen fleeing in a black Lexus and drove quickly up Division Street. Police soon arrived along with paramedics who were seen to be applying CPR to a male on a stretcher. He was transported to Northumberland Hills Hospital but “succumbed to his injuries”. The victim was later described as a “business owner or partner” but has not yet been identified pending notification of next of kin. The last shooting reported to Cobourg Police was in March 2020 and before that at the Hospital in 2017 (see links below) but it’s safe to say that shootings and murder are very rare in Cobourg.
There were plenty of witnesses including one who was across the road at the TD bank at the time but the Police have no suspects in custody.
The OPP are managing the investigation with the cooperation of the Cobourg Police.
Police blocked off King Street from Division to McGill and warned people via Twitter to keep clear of the area although they were clear that it was not an “active shooter” situation.
Witnesses said that Police came quickly but the two suspects had already left.
At 2:00 pm, Police Chief Paul VanderGraaf held a press conference – see the video of this below.
Paul said that it was an isolated incident. He also said that there would be an increased Police presence Downtown for the next few days.
Update 28 June
Pete Fisher reports that the name of the victim has been released: Rohan PYNE, age 37, from Scarborough. He was the owner of the store.
Pete has also released more information on the investigation here.
Update 29 June
OPP said today that the escape vehicle – a black Lexus SUV – has been found abandoned in Markham. It had been reported stolen and was found on Monday.
Pete Fisher’s original report
Earlier Posts on Cobourg News Blog
- Shooting Victim at Hospital – 24 March 2020
- NHH 2017 Homicide details now released – 22 November 2018