Hamilton police confirm shooter died of self-inflicted wound

News Apr 15, 2015 by Nicole O'Reilly The Hamilton Spectator

A 25-year-old man who died after he opened fire into an east-Hamilton apartment had repeatedly complained to family about noise coming from his neighbour upstairs, police say.

An autopsy has confirmed Fred Pearce died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound with a shotgun that had been "lawfully obtained within recent months."

In an obituary published Tuesday, his mother, Tammy Fletcher, writes: "Fred was very loved but did not realize how much. Foof, you will forever be my sunshine, my only sunshine."

It's signed, "Hugs and Kisses, Mom."

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Pearce walked out of his second-floor apartment at 484 Queenston Rd., carrying his shotgun, went up to Scott Morin's third floor unit where four friends were gathered, knocked on the door and opened fire.

Hamilton police homicide Staff Sgt. Paul Hamilton said two shots were fired, hitting two men inside the apartment, before the gunman turned the weapon on himself, firing a third, fatal shot.

Morin and Brandon Clark, son of former city councillor and MPP Brad Clark, were seriously wounded in the shooting, but are now stable. Another man and a woman were injured after fleeing over the balcony. She was released from hospital Tuesday and his injuries were minor.

There was no warning or contact between the gunman and the victims earlier that night, Hamilton said.

"He had expressed frustration stemming from alleged noise issues," he said, adding that no official complaints were ever laid with police or with property management.

Rather, Pearce had complained to friends and family.

An online memorial for Pearce at Markey-Dermody Funeral Home's website includes hundreds of family photos. They include images of Pearce as a child and young man at Christmas, wearing Halloween costumes, posing with birthday cakes and with his siblings.

In the obituary the family asks for donations to be made to Autism Ontario.

Hamilton said anytime there is an "unprovoked or random" incident like this shooting police look into the shooter's mental health history. However, Pearce had no diagnosed medical conditions or previous contact with police, he said.

Officers searched his apartment and have seized electronics, Hamilton said, adding that they hope to find more information about what might have motivated the attack.

Victim Brandon Clark underwent his third surgery Monday night after being shot in the back.

In a Facebook post, his father Brad Clark said the surgeon found additional injuries to his son's pancreas, but that overall the surgery was a success and he is expected to recover.

Before the surgery, Brandon was taken off a respirator and was able to communicate, first using a pencil and paper and then talking, Brad said.

"Sadly, all of the victims including Brandon remember every terrifying moment," he wrote.

Brandon will remain in a medically induced coma in the intensive care unit for 48 hours following the surgery.

Friends are invited to a visitation for Pearce at Markey-Dermody at 1774 King St. E. Wednesday, followed by a funeral service Thursday at 11 a.m.

noreilly@thespec.com

905-526-3199 | @NicoleatTheSpec

Hamilton police confirm shooter died of self-inflicted wound

‘Foof, you will forever be my sunshine:’ Mom’s emotional obit

News Apr 15, 2015 by Nicole O'Reilly The Hamilton Spectator

A 25-year-old man who died after he opened fire into an east-Hamilton apartment had repeatedly complained to family about noise coming from his neighbour upstairs, police say.

An autopsy has confirmed Fred Pearce died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound with a shotgun that had been "lawfully obtained within recent months."

In an obituary published Tuesday, his mother, Tammy Fletcher, writes: "Fred was very loved but did not realize how much. Foof, you will forever be my sunshine, my only sunshine."

It's signed, "Hugs and Kisses, Mom."

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Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Pearce walked out of his second-floor apartment at 484 Queenston Rd., carrying his shotgun, went up to Scott Morin's third floor unit where four friends were gathered, knocked on the door and opened fire.

Hamilton police homicide Staff Sgt. Paul Hamilton said two shots were fired, hitting two men inside the apartment, before the gunman turned the weapon on himself, firing a third, fatal shot.

Morin and Brandon Clark, son of former city councillor and MPP Brad Clark, were seriously wounded in the shooting, but are now stable. Another man and a woman were injured after fleeing over the balcony. She was released from hospital Tuesday and his injuries were minor.

There was no warning or contact between the gunman and the victims earlier that night, Hamilton said.

"He had expressed frustration stemming from alleged noise issues," he said, adding that no official complaints were ever laid with police or with property management.

Rather, Pearce had complained to friends and family.

An online memorial for Pearce at Markey-Dermody Funeral Home's website includes hundreds of family photos. They include images of Pearce as a child and young man at Christmas, wearing Halloween costumes, posing with birthday cakes and with his siblings.

In the obituary the family asks for donations to be made to Autism Ontario.

Hamilton said anytime there is an "unprovoked or random" incident like this shooting police look into the shooter's mental health history. However, Pearce had no diagnosed medical conditions or previous contact with police, he said.

Officers searched his apartment and have seized electronics, Hamilton said, adding that they hope to find more information about what might have motivated the attack.

Victim Brandon Clark underwent his third surgery Monday night after being shot in the back.

In a Facebook post, his father Brad Clark said the surgeon found additional injuries to his son's pancreas, but that overall the surgery was a success and he is expected to recover.

Before the surgery, Brandon was taken off a respirator and was able to communicate, first using a pencil and paper and then talking, Brad said.

"Sadly, all of the victims including Brandon remember every terrifying moment," he wrote.

Brandon will remain in a medically induced coma in the intensive care unit for 48 hours following the surgery.

Friends are invited to a visitation for Pearce at Markey-Dermody at 1774 King St. E. Wednesday, followed by a funeral service Thursday at 11 a.m.

noreilly@thespec.com

905-526-3199 | @NicoleatTheSpec

Hamilton police confirm shooter died of self-inflicted wound

‘Foof, you will forever be my sunshine:’ Mom’s emotional obit

News Apr 15, 2015 by Nicole O'Reilly The Hamilton Spectator

A 25-year-old man who died after he opened fire into an east-Hamilton apartment had repeatedly complained to family about noise coming from his neighbour upstairs, police say.

An autopsy has confirmed Fred Pearce died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound with a shotgun that had been "lawfully obtained within recent months."

In an obituary published Tuesday, his mother, Tammy Fletcher, writes: "Fred was very loved but did not realize how much. Foof, you will forever be my sunshine, my only sunshine."

It's signed, "Hugs and Kisses, Mom."

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Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Pearce walked out of his second-floor apartment at 484 Queenston Rd., carrying his shotgun, went up to Scott Morin's third floor unit where four friends were gathered, knocked on the door and opened fire.

Hamilton police homicide Staff Sgt. Paul Hamilton said two shots were fired, hitting two men inside the apartment, before the gunman turned the weapon on himself, firing a third, fatal shot.

Morin and Brandon Clark, son of former city councillor and MPP Brad Clark, were seriously wounded in the shooting, but are now stable. Another man and a woman were injured after fleeing over the balcony. She was released from hospital Tuesday and his injuries were minor.

There was no warning or contact between the gunman and the victims earlier that night, Hamilton said.

"He had expressed frustration stemming from alleged noise issues," he said, adding that no official complaints were ever laid with police or with property management.

Rather, Pearce had complained to friends and family.

An online memorial for Pearce at Markey-Dermody Funeral Home's website includes hundreds of family photos. They include images of Pearce as a child and young man at Christmas, wearing Halloween costumes, posing with birthday cakes and with his siblings.

In the obituary the family asks for donations to be made to Autism Ontario.

Hamilton said anytime there is an "unprovoked or random" incident like this shooting police look into the shooter's mental health history. However, Pearce had no diagnosed medical conditions or previous contact with police, he said.

Officers searched his apartment and have seized electronics, Hamilton said, adding that they hope to find more information about what might have motivated the attack.

Victim Brandon Clark underwent his third surgery Monday night after being shot in the back.

In a Facebook post, his father Brad Clark said the surgeon found additional injuries to his son's pancreas, but that overall the surgery was a success and he is expected to recover.

Before the surgery, Brandon was taken off a respirator and was able to communicate, first using a pencil and paper and then talking, Brad said.

"Sadly, all of the victims including Brandon remember every terrifying moment," he wrote.

Brandon will remain in a medically induced coma in the intensive care unit for 48 hours following the surgery.

Friends are invited to a visitation for Pearce at Markey-Dermody at 1774 King St. E. Wednesday, followed by a funeral service Thursday at 11 a.m.

noreilly@thespec.com

905-526-3199 | @NicoleatTheSpec