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1 dead, 1 injured in Newmarket shooting

Last Updated Oct 5, 2019 at 6:17 pm EDT

A man has died and a woman is in hospital after a shooting at an Airbnb in Newmarket Friday night.

York police say they were called to a home on Colter Street around 9 p.m. after reports of shots fired.

When officers arrived, they found a man and woman suffering from gunshot wounds in the driveway. It’s believed they were shot while sitting in a vehicle.

A 26-year-old man from Toronto was later pronounced dead in hospital and a 23-year-old woman, also from Toronto, remains in hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Police say several shots were fired at the victims and believe the shooting was targeted.

It’s believed the people who were shot were renting the Airbnb at the time of the shooting, but it’s still early in the investigation.

Police are looking for two suspects who fled the scene in a four-door dark-coloured sedan. They are working to gather more video evidence from the scene.

Sgt. Andy Pattenden said investigators are canvassing the area in order to get as much information as possible from the “brazen shooting.”

“They’re going to figure out exactly why the people were here and why the suspects felt to approach them in this driveway and shoot at them,” said Sgt. Pattenden. “There were a lot of shots fired … these suspects, clearly, had no fear to do this in an otherwise, very quiet, residential neighbourhood”

Airbnb has confirmed to CityNews the home was listed on their site and the booking guest has been removed from the platform.

In a statement, they said “The senseless violence reported is abhorrent and has no place in the Airbnb community, and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by this incident … We stand ready to support York Regional Police in their investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.