Arrests made in triple shooting, one victim has died

A shooting on the territory yesterday afternoon has killed a young man and left two people injured.

One of the shooting victims, 16 year-old Ashton VanEvery was airlifted to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Another victim was also airlifted to hospital and is listed in serious but stable condition. A third victim of the shooting was treated at the scene for his injuries. Police said he refused transport to hospital.

Police blocked traffic on Chiefswood Road from Second Line to Townline Road as they searched for the shooters.

Police said investigators had identified three suspects involved in the shootings. At approximately 8:00 P.M., after discussions with family, the three suspects surrendered to police.

Arrested and facing charges of first degree murder are:

Dwight Ronald Walton (19 years), Kenneth Paul Appleton (24 years) and Irvin Allan Maracle (56 years). All three are in custody pending a formal Bail Hearing.

Six Nations Police said the shooting was retaliation for an assault that took place earlier in the week at the same residence.

VanEvery was a student at Brantford Collegiate Institute in Brantford where the flag today is hung at half mast. Students at the school said they were hoping to decorate his locker in memory of the young man. A memorial with his picture has been set up in the front hall of the school.

BCI Principal Ann Myhal spoke to TRT in a telephone interview and said “Our thoughts and prayers are with family and students at this time.”

Myhal said the Grand Erie District School Board has brought in the tragic events response team to help students deal with their grief. “Our priority is to have supports for the staff and students,” said Myhal.

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