Hamilton Canada May 15 2016
Detectives believe the victim of a fatal shooting outside a downtown night club early Friday was targeted.
Police say 46-year-old Vincenzo Lofaro of Hamilton was shot and killed outside Club Seventy Seven on King William Street.
“It would appear that he was targeted, but we don’t yet know why,” acting Det. Sgt. Dave Oleniuk said Friday evening.
Lofaro, a security guard for the club, was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:20 a.m., Oleniuk said.
It was the city’s 10th homicide of 2016.
Lofaro was coming out of the club at the time of the shooting, Oleniuk said.
There are unconfirmed reports a woman was taken to hospital after the shooting.
Oleniuk would only say a woman, who was Lofaro’s friend, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police are looking for at least two male suspects, he said, noting likely more people were involved.
Suspect descriptions are not being released at this point, he added.
“We have quite a bit of video/statements and descriptions … forthcoming,” Oleniuk said. “We do not want to put out contradictory information, so we will be delaying any release of a description and/or vehicle involvement.”
Earlier reports said police were looking for a car said to have driven from the scene after the shooting.
Kassie L’Homme met Lofaro at Club Seventy Seven, where she goes almost every Saturday night with a large group of friends. She said Lofaro usually worked security outside in the “smokers’ area.”
He was a “really outgoing guy” who loved making people laugh, said L’Homme, 19.
“There was never a time that I’ve seen him without a smile on his face.”
She said Lofaro also worked as a school crossing guard. Facebook photos show him wearing an orange reflective safety vest and matching hat.
L’Homme said going to the club won’t be the same without him. Her group of friends plans to lay flowers outside as a tribute.
Oleniuk said police don’t know if the shooting is related to the club, which was closed by the time it happened.
Club Seventy Seven hosted hip-hop artist N.O.R.E. (a.k.a. Noreaga) for a concert Thursday night.
At the scene, a witness said he heard at least six or seven shots, but did not see anything.
Officers were seen Friday morning interviewing residents of a condo building across the street as they emerged from their homes.
The Club Seventy Seven area has been the scene of previous violence. In 2008, a man was shot and wounded outside the club.
In 2006, one man was fatally stabbed and another wounded in a knife attack.