‘I was waiting to die’: Surviving victim of triple shooting at Milton auto repair shop


Exactly a week after Sean Petrie, 40, was suspected of carrying out a shooting that left three dead, including a Toronto police officer, a father-of-two who survived the shooting says he thought he was going to die.

Sitting at a wooden desk in the reception area of ​​MK Auto Repairs in Milton, the 42-year-old returned to work only to be reminded of how he was nearly killed by two bullet holes in the office and a bandage on his right shin.

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The man, who asked us not to identify him or show his face after the trauma last week, said he was still in pain but knew he was very lucky compared to his boss, Shakeel Ashraf, 38, business owner. , and a colleague, Satwinder Singh, 28, an international student from India who worked at the store part-time.

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Ashraf was killed that day. Halton Police say Singh passed away peacefully at Hamilton General Hospital over the weekend.

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The surviving employee said Singh and his boss were in the back of the shop when the suspect suddenly appeared at reception and started shooting.

“I was just scared. I just laid my head on the desk and waited to die,” said the employee, who identified the suspected shooter as Petrie, a former employee. “He worked here three months before for a week.”

The employee said the suspect picked up Ashraf around 2:40 p.m. and told him the boss had gone out to get some food for lunch.

The employee said the suspect said he needed work done on his car.

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“He went to the back talking to the guys and suddenly my boss came in after 15-20 minutes and my boss ran back to the workshop and then suddenly I heard shooting sounds. At first I thought it was part of our hammering or welding work, but when that noise approached me I realized it was something else. Something is wrong,” said said the employee, who was now limping.

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He described Satwinder Singh as a really nice man.

“He had a passion for reading and writing, which inspired him to become a poet,” said a GoFundMe account created in his memory. “He completed his BBA and MBA in Marketing in India and came to Canada to study Global Business Management. He was an international student at Conestoga College and graduated in August 2022. He worked part-time at an auto body shop to support himself financially.

Another MK Auto Repairs mechanic, who said he took the day off last Monday, said Singh was like a son.

“You’re not going to find a better kid than him,” said Clive Gray, who described how Singh, who worked weekends, loved working with tools and always hugged him in the morning.

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Police say approximately 30 minutes before the triple shooting in Milton, the suspect walked into a Tim Horton’s cafe on Winston Churchill Blvd. and Argentina Rd. and shot Const. Andrew Hong at close range.

The Toronto policeman was in Peel to lead a motorcycle course and was picking up coffee for his colleagues.

The suspect then ran across the street to a nearby Walmart parking lot and shot a man he was trying to turn away before fleeing in his Jeep. This man has life changing injuries and is expected to survive.

The Special Investigations Unit confirmed last week that Petrie was shot dead in an exchange of gunfire with Halton and Hamilton police, who were trying to arrest him.

Hong’s funeral will be held Wednesday in Toronto. Members of the police force and emergency responders from across Canada are expected.

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Peel and Halton police chiefs say Monday’s fatal shooting could soon claim a third life

Peel and Halton police chiefs say Monday’s fatal shooting could soon claim a third life

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