July 17, 2019

Waterloo Regional Police have concluded that a fatal shooting in Cambridge last week was a targeted attack.

Police responded to a call at a residence on Southwood Drive in Cambridge, Ont., at 6:25 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, for a report of an injured male. Upon arrival, police located a male suffering from serious injuries. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim was identified as Kurt McKechnie, 56, of Cambridge. A post-mortem examination determined that McKechnie died from gunshot wounds. McKechnie was a military veteran who served overseas with the Canadian Armed Forces. He lived at Surrey Gardens housing complex, 241 Southwood Dr., where he was found deceased.

Witnesses told police that they heard gunshots that morning. Some believed that, since McKechnie was to receive a military pension, the incident was a robbery.

Surveillance video taken at the scene of the crime showed a group of individuals leaving the area at the time of the shooting. Police believe McKechnie and the group of suspects were known to one other and that the incident was a targeted shooting.

Many homes in the complex were blocked off by caution tape as forensic identification officers examined tire prints in a parking lot.  Police are still investigating the murder and searching for suspects. Police are also seeking to speak with neighbours, witnesses and others who were seen in the area at the time.

The Waterloo Regional Police crime units, general detectives and forensic identification officers continue to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-570-9777, ext.8309, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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