Man shot at Dresden Raceway

DRESDEN — A 58-year-old man was injured when he was shot Saturday night at the Dresden Raceway.

Chatham-Kent police had the scene taped off Sunday as they continued to investigate the shooting that occurred shortly before 11 p.m - writes lfpress.com

“The investigation is ongoing,” Insp. Kirk Earley told Postmedia News at the scene. “We would just ask that people stay away from this area for now.”

The man who was shot suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and later transferred to London Health Sciences Centre.

Earley said he didn’t have any further information about the injured man or possible suspect, and couldn’t immediately confirm if the injured man was involved with the raceway.

Some onlookers stood nearby while police deployed a drone to capture aerial footage.

Lucille Laprise, president of the Dresden Agricultural Society that operates the raceway in the community 25 kilometres north of Chatham, said everyone was in shock upon hearing the news.

“Very surprised that anything like that would happen here in Dresden,” she said at the scene. “Everybody’s always felt very safe here at the raceway.”

Laprise said she wasn’t sure who was injured in the shooting.

She added she was relieved to hear the man’s injuries were non-life threatening and credited police for “doing their job very well.”

During the early stages of the police investigation, Gateway Casinos Dresden was locked down. The gaming facility is beside the raceway.

Rob Mitchell, Gateway Casinos spokesperson, said it was business as usual on Sunday.

“(Police) instructed our staff to lock down the building and not let anyone leave until they gave permission. Shortly after 1 a.m. staff were instructed that the building was clear and patrons were allowed to leave,” he said.

“(Sunday) the casino opened at 9 a.m. without incident. I know very little detail of what transpired other than our staff did an exceptional job looking after our customers needs while we were locked down.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det. Const. Shawn Tremblay at shawnt@chatham-kent.ca . Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 it may be eligible for a cash reward.

– With files from David Gough

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