Brantford police charge three men for hotel shooting

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Brantford police have charged three men in relation to a shooting at a hotel in early November.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 7, 2020, police responded to a report of shots fired at the Comfort Inn on King George Road. Upon arrival, police learned that four male suspects arrived at the hotel in a vehicle and fired multiple shots into a ground level room. The suspects fled the scene in a silver four-door vehicle.

No one was injured in the shooting and police believe it to be a targeted event.

As a result of police investigation, Jahwayne Genisis Smart, 25, of Toronto, Rashawn Chambers, 24, of Brantford, and Cjay William Hobbs, 27, of Toronto each stand charged with two counts of attempt to commit murder, two counts of discharging firearm with intent to wound, unauthorized possession of firearm, possession firearm contrary to order, occupy motor vehicle with firearm and theft under $5,000.

Early in the investigation, links were investigated between this incident and the shooting of four victims later that same day on Stong Court in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue West area of Toronto, which tragically claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy. Evidence gathered through police investigation does connect the accused parties to be involved in both shooting incidents. The Brantford Police Service major crime unit would like to thank members of the Toronto Police Service guns and gangs unit and homicide unit for their assistance with the investigation.

This investigation remains ongoing. The Brantford Police Service seek one additional suspect in relation to this incident.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact Detective Jeff Cotter at 519-756-7050 ext 2271. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively a web tip can be submitted at https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251

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