Hamilton police appeal for public co-operation amid sharp spike in gun violence

Police in Hamilton are appealing for stronger community co-operation amid an early-year surge in gun crimes in the city.

They say eight shootings have taken place so far in 2019 _ more than double the three registered during the same period last year.

Police say one of those incidents was fatal while two resulted in injuries.

They say most of the gun violence has been targeted, but say one weekend incident involved a couple waking up to find the side of their home had been struck with a bullet overnight.

Police say that shooting was likely accidental and remains under investigation.

The force issued a statement decrying the lack of public co-operation with their various shooting investigations.