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Neighbours describe alleged Brampton courthouse shooter as quiet and friendly

The suspected gunman in the Brampton courthouse shooting that left a police officer in hospital and a community paralysed with fear is being described by neighbours as quiet and friendly.

“It was a shock I don’t know what else to say – he was an excellent excellent guy,” one man told CityNews. “He’s calm, quiet, friendly. We never have any disputes.”

Neighbours have identified the alleged shooter as Charnjit Bassi, who goes by the nickname Sonny.

The 46-year-old was the father of a seven-year-old girl. Neighbours say Bassi and his wife divorced about four years ago but the two appeared to remain amicable, adding the two lived near each other and he would mow her lawn and shovel her driveway.

“He takes care of his daughter takes her to school and picks her up some times,” another neighbour explained.

Neighbours say on Friday police were at Bassi’s home, which he shared with his elderly mother, and carried out bags full of evidence.

There has been no word on a possible motive for the shooting, which injured Const. Mike Klarenbeek, 53, who was providing security at the A. Grenville & William Davis Courthouse on Hurontario Street.

Police say Klarenbeek has been removed from the intensive care unit but remains in hospital in stable condition.

The Special Investigation’s Unit’s Jasbir Brar said that investigators are reviewing the actions of two officers in the incident.

In a statement released this weekend by police, Klarenbeek’s wife Lynn said the family is thankful to everyone who has helped, including a nurse who tended to his wounds before paramedics arrived.

The Special Investigations Unit is automatically brought in cases where police are involved in a situation that results in death or serious injury.

With files from The Canadian Press