Toronto Sun

Thursday, August 22, 2002

Man shot in front of wife

Woman in truck arrested in Dundas slaying

By JONATHAN JENKINS, TORONTO SUN

DUNDAS -- A mother of five shrieked in horror after her husband was shot dead in front of her on the front steps of their home yesterday, witnesses said.

"She was screaming at the top of her lungs," said Shane, 16, who didn't want his last name used.

"She was saying, 'Wake me up, it's a dream. My husband's dead, someone just shot my husband.'

"She was sitting on the stoop and he was laying on his back on the sidewalk."

Police quickly notified area forces that the suspect in the shooting was a woman who had driven off in a pickup truck with an infant child.

Halton Police stopped a similar pickup on Hwy. 5 near Bronte Rd. a short time later and arrested a man and a woman.

REPORTS OF DISTURBANCE

Shane said he had heard noises that sounded like gunshots but thought nothing of them as there was construction in the area.

Once he heard the screams, however, he knew something horrible had happened, he said.

Hamilton Police Supt. Terry Sullivan said police were first called to reports of a disturbance at 63 Watson's Lane, in an affluent area of Dundas.

He said the victim's wife and four of her five children were home at the time, but it's not yet known if they witnessed the murder.

'DEVASTATING EFFECTS'

"The devastating psychological effects on them you can't even fathom," Sgt. Maggie McKittrick, spokesman for the Hamilton Police, said.

No names were released.

The wife was treated for shock at hospital and the children were with police victim services.

Cops said the victim and suspect knew each other, but the nature of the relationship wasn't known.

The suspect's pickup truck had Prince Edward Island licence plates, McKittrick said.

"She has family in the area and has been visiting them," McKittrick said. "I don't know if she was living in P.E.I."

Halton Police brought the suspect to Hamilton yesterday afternoon. A murder charge was expected to be forthcoming.

The man arrested was detained but McKittrick said it's not yet known if he'll face charges.

Police believe the baby was dropped off with the suspect's relatives after the shooting.

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