Police say that a 65-year-old Hamilton man has been arrested after he allegedly shot another man trying to break in to his east end home.

Investigators say they were called about reports of a home invasion and shooting at a residence on Avondale Street near Barton Street East and Gage Avenue North just before 10:30 p.m.

When officers got there, a man walked out of the house with his hands in the air saying, "I'm the shooter," a police news release reads.

He was then arrested without incident, police say.

'I can say that there is no danger to the public.'
- Const. Claus Wagner

Then, police officers who were at a local hospital for an unrelated case saw a man entering the emergency department and telling staff he had been shot.

The officers started asking him questions, and discovered that he was the man who was shot at the Avondale address while allegedly trying to break in.

He too, was eventually arrested. 

Const. Claus Wagner told CBC News that it isn't yet clear if the two men knew each other.

"At this point, they're still trying to piece everything together," Wagner said. "But I can say that there is no danger to the public."

Late Friday morning, police carried out a search warrant at the home and recovered a gun that was believed to have been used during the shooting.

The homeowner was charged with aggravated assault, discharging a firearm with intent, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless use of a firearm, and possession of a dangerous weapon.

The 24-year-year old who police say was shot is facing charges of breaking and entering with intent. He remains in hospital.

Wagner also said that this shooting is unrelated to another shooting that happened in the city overnight, at Sherman Avenue North and Cannon Street.