Fight that ended in shooting was 'consensual,' say Windsor police

Victim told police he met another man "by chance" at the pharmacy and they "exchanged words over a longstanding dispute," which led to the shooting.

Man shot in hand and abdomen expected to survive

Police closed off an area at Tecumseh Street East and George Avenue while they investigated a shooting incident on October 18. (Jonathan Pinto/CBC)

A fight between two men that ended with one of them suffering a gunshot wound to his hand and abdomen was "consensual," according to Windsor police.

Officers were called to a pharmacy near the corner of George Street and Tecumseh Road about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for reports of a fight. Police were told one of the people involved may have been shot.

A 35-year-old man was found at the scene with a gunshot wound and transported to hospital, but is expected to survive.

He told police he met another man "by chance" at the pharmacy and they "exchanged words over a longstanding dispute," said Sgt. Steve Betteridge in a media release.

This led to the men fighting outside, where one of the men pulled a gun and shot the other, said police.

A 42-year-old man matching the description of the alleged shooter was found nearby with minor injuries and arrested. 

Betteridge said he was carrying a small amount of suspected meth and a knife when he was taken into custody.

Several witnesses reported seeing the suspect throw something into a white truck that drove away before police arrived, added Betteridge.

About half an hour later, officers found a truck matching the description on George Avenue with what appeared to be blood and bullet holes on its exterior.

Police are seeking a warrant to search the truck and the Major Crimes Branch is continuing to investigate.