Late night gunshots reported in downtown Kitchener

An investigation into reports of gunfire in downtown Kitchener Monday night continues.

In a news release issued Tuesday, Waterloo regional police said officers were called to the area of Queen Street South and Charles Street around 10:45 p.m. Monday for reports of gunshots.

"Members of our neighbourhood policing patrol were the first responders who went to the scene," said Cst. Andre Johnson of WRPS. "They were accompanied later on by our canine unit and members of our special response unit."

Police said they received reports that two individuals, one with a handgun, had fled the area prior to the arrival of police.

"There hasn't been any arrests at this point in time," said Cst. Johnson on Tuesday. "It's still very early on in the investigation."

The first individual is described as a Black male, with a thin build, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. The second is described as a Black male wearing a dark jumpsuit.

"We have reasons to believe that they are known to each other," said Cst. Johnson. "Again, we are stil trying to identify who those two individuals are."

No injuries have been reported.

"The last few years there's been more of this stuff," said Cam Jamieson, manager of the nearby Jamieson's Billiard. "As Kitchener gets bigger maybe it's unavoidable. I hope not, but it seems to be the way."

Jamieson adds that he's considering moving the family business elsewhere.

"When my lease is up in downtown Kitchener, I don't see a point renewing [with] the way it's going," he said.

Police are asking anyone with information or surveillance video of the area to contact them.

We have received multiple reports of gunshots in Kitchener around

-Charles Street
-Queen Street
-Ontario Street

Several males were observed fleeing the area. There will be an increased police presence.

No reported injuries at this time.

More information to follow.

— Waterloo Regional Police (@WRPSToday) May 10, 2022