Residents of an Omemee apartment complex continue to reflect on a serious Saturday night (July 2) incident that injured three people.
Kawartha Lakes Ontario Provincial Police remain at the scene, which took place at approximately 10:30 p.m. at Cottingham Court Apartments on James Street.
The Ontario Provincial Police did not say exactly what happened, but some on social media said it was a stabbing.
Police say officers responded to a disturbance call at the apartment building where three people were found injured and taken to hospital. One person was transported to a trauma center in the Toronto area.
The OPP said a 32-year-old man from Omemee, whose name was withheld by police to protect the identity of the victims, was quickly located and arrested. Police have charged the individual with attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.
Shaun Connolly, who has lived at the resort for nearly two years, was still trying to figure out what happened Monday, July 4 morning.
“I was thrilled to get housing here (Omemee),” Connolly said of his subsidized rental apartment. “I know Lindsay got quite hairy and I didn’t need that in my life.”
Connolly noted that living at the resort was “almost perfect” for him and his dog. Everyone gets along for the most part, and apart from what usually happens in apartment buildings – a few parties; just “people having fun” – he never really had a problem with anyone.
“It’s a good place to live. It’s just very sad that something like this happened. It’s such a quiet and peaceful community; none of the bullshit you get in a big city,” Connolly said.
Residents of Omemee can expect to see an increase in police presence over the next few days as the investigation continues with members of the Kawartha Lakes OPP Crime Unit and Identity Services (FIS), under the direction of the Criminal Investigations Branch of the OPP (CIB).
Police are asking anyone who may have dashcam footage in the Omemee area on July 2 between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to contact the Kawartha Lakes Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.
The accused was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice in Lindsay on Thursday (July 7).