St. Thomas, Ont. police seek man who reportedly stole $1,000 worth of teeth whitening products

Police in St. Thomas, Ont., are searching for a man possibly looking to brighten his smile.

Police say around 10:45 a.m. Friday, officers were called to the Shoppers Drug Mart located at 107 Edward St.

A staff member told police a man had walked into the store and allegedly stole more than $1,000 worth of teeth whitening products before fleeing.

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The suspect is described as an older white man, bald, wearing dark sweatpants, a blue sweater with a beaver logo, carrying a red jacket and walking with a noticeable limp.

Anyone with information is asked to contact St. Thomas police at 519-631-1224.

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COVID-19: 11 cases in Middlesex London, 13 cases in Lambton

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported 11 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, though the tally increased by 12 to 14,382.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 14,382 cases, of which 119 are active (an increase of four), 14,002 are recovered (an increase of four) and 245 people have died.

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The most recent death was reported Oct. 21 and involved a man in his 70s who was not associated with a long-term care or retirement home. Medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie said Thursday that while the man was fully vaccinated, he was eligible for a third dose because of a suppressed immune system.

The MLHU dashboard is no longer including the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases at the top of its dashboard, however, it is still listing the breakdown of confirmed variant of concern cases:

  • 3,385 cases of the Alpha variant (an increase of one)
  • 779 cases of the Delta variant (an increase of six)
  • 124 cases of the Gamma variant
  • two cases of the Beta variant
  • one case of the Kappa variant
  • one case of the Zeta variant

There are also two cases listed using the old code numbers, one described as B.1.617 and another listed as B.1.617.3.

Further information can be found on the health unit’s summary of COVID-19 cases in Middlesex-London.

Hospitalizations

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is caring for six inpatients with COVID-19 as of Friday, unchanged from Thursday.

There are five or fewer inpatients in adult critical care or the intensive care unit.

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There are five or fewer inpatients with COVID-19 in Children’s Hospital with five or fewer in pediatric critical care.

Five or fewer staff have currently tested positive for COVID-19.

St. Joseph’s Health Care London (SJHCL) reported one non-outbreak case involving a health-care worker.

Outbreaks

The MLHU is not reporting any active outbreaks in the region involving long-term care homes, retirement homes or hospitals.

There is one active school outbreak at Our Lady of the Pillar Academy, declared Oct. 18.

Schools

The number of schools with cases associated with them doubled from Thursday to Friday, from nine schools to 18, according to the MLHU, though the majority of schools have a single active case.

The following schools have cases associated with them, according to the MLHU:

  • Byron Southwood Public School (one case)
  • Caradoc Public School (one case)
  • Clara Brenton Public School (one case)
  • Clarke Road Secondary School (two cases)
  • Covenant Christian School (one case)
  • John P. Robarts Public School (one case)
  • Kensal Park Public School (one case)
  • Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts (one case)
  • Mary Wright Public School (one case)
  • Masonville Public School (one case)
  • Mountsfield Public School (one case)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School (one case)
  • Our Lady of the Pillar Academy (six cases)
  • Providence Reformed Collegiate (two cases)
  • Rick Hansen Public School (two cases)
  • St. Nicholas Senior Catholic School (one case)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School (one case)
  • Wilfrid Jury Public School (one case)

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There are four active COVID-19 cases associated with child-care or early years centres, with one case at London Children’s Connection: Caradoc – Before and After School and three cases at Noshin’s Kids Care.

The health unit said at least 156 cases have been reported since the start of the school year involving elementary and secondary schools, as well as child-care and early years centres.

Vaccinations and testing

The latest vaccination update says as of Oct. 16, 84.1 per cent of residents aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 88.3 per cent have had at least one dose.

Since Sept. 11, unvaccinated individuals have accounted for 62.6 per cent of all cases (or 415 of 663 cases) and 67.9 per cent of all hospitalizations (19 of 28).

Meanwhile, 28.5 per cent of all cases (or 189 of 663 cases) involved those who were fully vaccinated while 25 per cent of all hospitalizations (seven of 28) involved individuals who were fully vaccinated.

Medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie has noted that the vast majority of the population is vaccinated. While unvaccinated individuals account for nearly two-thirds of all cases, they make up less than 16 per cent of the population aged 12 and older.

The rest of the cases involved individuals who were partially vaccinated or not yet protected by vaccination.

Of the nine COVID-19-related deaths reported in the last six weeks, four involved people who were unvaccinated, two involved individuals who were fully vaccinated, two involved people who were partially vaccinated and one involved someone who was not yet protected by vaccination.

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On the health unit’s website, residents can find information on pop-up clinics, mass vaccination clinics and pharmacies; guidance for anyone vaccinated outside of the province or country; transportation support for those in need; and more.

Anyone looking to be tested for COVID-19 can find information about the locations of testing sites on the health unit’s website.

The latest COVID-19 test positivity rate in the region was 1.1 per cent for the week of Oct. 10, down from 1.7 per cent for the week of Oct. 3.

Ontario

Ontario reported 373 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 597,145.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said of the new cases, 264 involve people who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status, while 109 are fully vaccinated individuals.

For comparison, last Saturday 486 cases were reported, meaning the seven-day average dropped.

Six additional deaths were also announced on Oct. 23, bringing the provincial virus-related death toll to 9,845.

A total of 583,931 coronavirus cases are considered resolved, which is up by 419.

More than 27,300 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now administered a total of 18,751,965 tests and 13,410 remain under investigation.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, 22,365,905 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered in Ontario, marking an increase of 27,243. Of the latest shots administered, 9,041 were first doses and 18,202 were second doses.

In Ontario, 87.8 per cent of people aged 12-plus have received at least one vaccine dose and more than 83.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Elgin and Oxford

Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) does not update cases on the weekend.

On Friday, SWPH reported 19 cases, while one case was removed through data cleaning:

  • 4,569 total cases (an increase of 18)
  • 82 active cases (an increase of three)
  • 4,397 resolved cases (an increase of 15)
  • 90 deaths to date
  • 1,409 variant of concern cases (an increase of nine, all Delta), with 774 Alpha, 581 Delta and 54 Beta or Gamma

Of the 82 active cases in the region, 26 were in Elgin County (including 10 in Aylmer and seven in West Elgin) and 56 were in Oxford County (including 17 in Woodstock, 13 in Norwich Township, 12 in Tillsonburg and seven in Ingersoll).

The most recent death was reported Oct. 19 and involved a woman in her 80s from Elgin County.

Four people are hospitalized with COVID-19 with two cases in the ICU, unchanged from Wednesday.

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There are no active institutional outbreaks as of Friday.

Information on school cases can be found on the websites of the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board.

The region’s test positivity rate was 3.4 per cent for the week of Oct. 10, up from 2.9 per cent for the week of Oct. 3.

On Oct. 19, 82.5 per cent of those aged 12 and older in the region were fully vaccinated while 86.4 per cent have had at least one dose. However, the health unit provided lower figures on Friday.

As of Oct. 21, the health unit says 82.2 per cent were fully vaccinated and 86.0 per cent had at least one dose.

Information on where and how to get vaccinated can be found on the health unit’s website.

Huron and Perth

Huron Perth Public Health (HPP) does not update cases on the weekend.

On Friday, HPPH reported:

  • 2,294 total cases (an increase of two)
  • 15 active cases (a decrease of four)
  • 2,212 recoveries (an increase of five)
  • 66 deaths to date (unchanged)

Among the 15 active cases, four are in Perth East and three each in Stratford and North Perth. Full case counts by municipality can be found on the health unit’s dashboard.

There is one patient hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday and there is one active case involving a health-care worker.

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HPPH reported four outbreaks, though there were no long-term care home, retirement home or hospital outbreaks as of Friday.

Two of the outbreaks involved schools:

  • Huron Christian School in Clinton, declared Oct. 8 and involving six student cases
  • Stratford District Christian School in Stratford, declared Oct. 8 and involving two students

The other outbreaks were listed as a community outbreak and a workplace outbreak. A previously reported congregate living setting outbreak has since been declared over. No further details were provided.

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Data on school cases can be found on the websites of the Avon-Maitland District School Board and the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board.

The region’s test positivity rate was 2.3 per cent for the week of Oct. 3, down from 2.6 per cent the week of Sept. 26. The data for the week of Oct. 10 has not yet been provided.

HPPH’s vaccine dashboard showed that as of Oct. 18, 80.3 per cent of those aged 12 and older were fully vaccinated while 84.4 per cent have had at least one dose.

Information on how and where to get a vaccine can be found on the health unit’s website.

Sarnia and Lambton

On Saturday, Lambton Public Health (LPH) reported:

  • 4,140 total cases (an increase of 13)
  • 103 active cases (an increase of six)
  • 3,967 resolved cases (an increase of seven)
  • 70 deaths to date (unchanged)

LPH reported a total of 587 variant of concern cases, unchanged from Friday. Of that total, 439 have been Alpha, 130 have been Delta and 18 have been Gamma.

Seven COVID-19 patients are in the care of Bluewater Health as of Friday, an increase of one from Thursday.

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LPH reported an active outbreak at one unidentified workplace, declared on Oct. 3 linked to four cases.

Three outbreaks linked to schools are active, one at Confederation Central Public School, declared Oct. 12, and linked to fewer than five cases. The two other active outbreaks were declared on Oct. 14 at Cathcart Boulevard Public School and Gregory A. Hogan Catholic School, both linked to fewer than five cases.

All active cases at schools within the Lambton Kent District School Board can be found online, as can cases at schools within the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.

The test positivity rate for the week of Oct. 10 was 5.2 per cent, up from 3.6 per cent the week prior.

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Among area residents aged 12 and older, 79.4 per cent are fully vaccinated and 83.0 per cent have had at least one dose.

Residents can book and re-book COVID-19 vaccine appointments or find information on vaccine availability at pharmacies using the health unit’s registration page. People can also call the vaccine call centre at 226-254-8222.

Those who are able to get vaccinated on short notice are encouraged to sign up for Lambton Public Health’s daily Vaccine Standby List.

—With files from Global News’ Ryan Rocca and Jacquelyn LeBel

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1st frost advisory of the season issued for parts of GTA, Niagara, Chatham-Kent

Environment Canada has issued a frost advisory for parts of the Greater Toronto Area, Niagara Region and Chatham-Kent.

In the GTA, the advisory covers Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Burlington and Oakville.

The weather agency said plants could be damaged with frost possible Saturday night and early Sunday as the temperature drops to near 0 C.

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Global News weather specialist Carla Bosacki said this is the first frost advisory of the season for these areas.

“We’ll see clearing skies and winds coming in from the north and when you have those two combinations, that makes for no insulation with the cloud cover so things get quite chilly,” she said.

“It’s going to be a cold one overnight tonight, a cold start to your Sunday. This is the first frost warning of the season — the first of many I am expecting.”

Bosacki said the weather will warm up next week, though, likely reaching above-seasonal temperatures.

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Olds RCMP search for 8 stolen historic plaques

Eight historic plaques have gone missing in Olds.

RCMP says the theft took place between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20.

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The plaques were located in various spots downtown and in Centennial Park.

One of eight historic plaques Olds RCMP says were stolen between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20, 2021.

One of eight historic plaques Olds RCMP says were stolen between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20, 2021.

RCMP
One of eight historic plaques Olds RCMP says were stolen between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20, 2021.

One of eight historic plaques Olds RCMP says were stolen between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20, 2021.

RCMP
One of eight historic plaques Olds RCMP says were stolen between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20, 2021.

One of eight historic plaques Olds RCMP says were stolen between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20, 2021.

RCMP
One of eight historic plaques Olds RCMP says were stolen between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20, 2021.

One of eight historic plaques Olds RCMP says were stolen between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20, 2021.

RCMP
One of eight historic plaques Olds RCMP says were stolen between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20, 2021.

One of eight historic plaques Olds RCMP says were stolen between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20, 2021.

RCMP
One of eight historic plaques Olds RCMP says were stolen between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20, 2021.

One of eight historic plaques Olds RCMP says were stolen between the night of Oct. 19 and the morning of Oct. 20, 2021.

RCMP

“Each of these plaques have significant value in describing the history of the building they were attached to and are part of the town of Olds historic downtown,” the news release stated.

If you have any information, you’re asked to contact RCMP by phone, or using Crime Stoppers to stay anonymous.

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Germany records highest daily COVID-19 infections since mid-May

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Germany recorded the highest incidence of coronavirus infections since mid-May on Saturday, reaching the threshold of 100 cases per 100,000 in the past seven days that used to be the yardstick for imposing a strict lockdown.

However, Health Minister Jens Spahn noted that Germany could cope much better now due to vaccination, although he said restrictions like mask wearing and limits on indoor activity for unvaccinated people would stay until next spring.

The seven-day incidence rate of cases – which until August was used to decide whether to impose more stringent COVID-19 curbs – rose to 100 on Saturday from 95 on Friday, the Robert Koch Institute responsible for disease control said.

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A total of 15,145 new infections were reported on Saturday, 4,196 more than the same time last Saturday, it added, and another 86 people died, to bring the total to 95,077.

The rise comes as the leaders of Germany’s 16 states are discussing how to proceed after a nationwide state of emergency is set to lapse on Nov. 25, meaning restrictions will automatically expire then unless extended by parliamentary vote.

Spahn said on Saturday that it should be possible to lift the state of emergency while still upholding rules requiring mask-wearing and proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result to enter most indoor public spaces.

“We can obviously deal with higher incidences, higher numbers of infections better, much better without overburdening the health system, because so many are already vaccinated,” Spahn said in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio.

“This path from a state of emergency to a state of special caution to a state of normality, probably in the spring, if there is no new variant, is, I think, also one that gives confidence.”

However, he noted that parts of Germany with lower rates of vaccination – such as Saxony and Thueringen – were already seeing pressure on hospitals from rising infections.

Around 66 per cent of German residents are fully vaccinated, compared with 63.3 per cent of people across the European Union.

© 2021 Reuters

Prince Charles warns leaders of climate crisis: 'Dangerously narrow window'

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Prince Charles issued a warning to the world days before leaders gather in the U.K. for crucial United Nations climate talks, saying there is a “dangerously narrow” window to tackle global warming.

The heir to the British throne said Saturday that the summit, which starts Oct. 31 in Glasgow, showed that “after far too long,” climate change and biodiversity loss are at last “of paramount importance to the world.”

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In a recorded message to the Saudi Green Initiative Forum, 72-year-old Charles – a long-time environmentalist – said the coronavirus pandemic “has highlighted that human health, planetary health and economic health are fundamentally interconnected.”

“We now have a dangerously narrow window of opportunity in which to accelerate a green recovery, while laying the foundations for a sustainable future,” he said.

Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s biggest oil producers, says it aims to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060. China and Russia have set the same net-zero date, while the United States, the European Union and Britain are aiming for 2050.

Representatives of around 200 countries will gather in Scotland at the end of the month for the two-week U.N. climate conference, known as COP26. Organizers say it is one of the last chances to nail down carbon-cutting promises that can keep global warming within manageable limits.

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Alok Sharma, the British official serving as COP26 president, said getting countries to do enough to keep warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels _ the goal agreed on at a summit in Paris in 2015 _ would be “really tough.”

Current emissions-slashing commitments aren’t enough, and major polluters including China and India have yet to submit new carbon-cutting plans for the next decade.

“It was brilliant, what they did in Paris, it was a framework agreement, (but) a lot of the detailed rules were left for the future,” Sharma told The Guardian newspaper.

“The question is whether or not countries are willing in Glasgow to go forward and commit to consensus on keeping 1.5C alive, that’s where the challenge will be.”

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Quebec reports 451 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths

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Quebec reported 451 new COVID-19 infections and four more virus-related deaths on Saturday.

This brings the province’s death toll up to 11,470 since the start of the pandemic.

Health officials say hospitalizations dropped for a fifth day in a row and stand at 255. The number of patients in intensive care stands at 68.

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As for vaccinations, authorities say 3,447 first doses and 6,133 second doses of the COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the last 24 hours.

Quebec public health says 90 per cent of eligible people aged 12 and over have received at least one shot of the vaccine, and about 86 per cent are fully vaccinated.

–With files from The Canadian Press

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2021 seeing increase in health-care workers leaving SHA

From January to September of this year 10.5 per cent more Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) staff members left the organization than over the same time frame a year before, according to a spokesperson.

In a supplied statement, SHA Media Relations Officer Amanda Purcell said “while we cannot speak to the specific reasons involved, we can say that we continue to see more staff leaving the SHA since the arrival of the pandemic.”

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The statement also mentioned an internal survey conducted last year in which two-thirds of respondents (the overall response rate was 38 per cent) agreed that colleagues were experiencing burnout. Purcell said the 2020 survey, conducted months and multiple waves of COVID-19 ago, is the most recent data gathered relating to burnout and fatigue.

“We know that the pandemic presents us with an unprecedented situation and that our staff members are fatigued,” Purcell added, highlighting that the SHA has made a range of in-person and online mental health supports available to staff.

Dr. Jeremy Katulka, a Saskatoon-based ICU doctor, says he’s already witnessing the effects of burnout firsthand.

“We don’t let people drive trucks or fly airplanes every single day without rest. Continuing to run a system outside of its usual parameters causes safety incidents to happen,” said Katulka.

“We’ve had critical patient safety incidents already, markers of quality like line infections are much higher than they should be, and I think that’s just a reflection of the fact that we’re well outside of the safe operating parameters of our ICUs.”

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However, Katulka abstained from making specific suggestions for measures to prevent residents from ending up in hospital in the first place.

“We cannot possibly accommodate 200 critically ill patients in Saskatoon, or in Saskatchewan rather, this winter, that is an impossibility. We will not be able to manage that number of patients without either evacuating them to other provinces or implementing triage,” he said.

SEUI-West President Caper added in a press conference called Thursday that the union’s health-care worker members are “hanging on by their fingernails right now.”

“I think what you’re going to see when the chaos of this pandemic has cleared is people leaving in droves. I’ve heard anecdotally from other healthcare leaders that they’re hearing the same form their members. And another thing I think we need to turn our minds to, is when we come out of this pandemic the mental health impact for those still in the healthcare system is going to be significant.”

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Purcell added that “the SHA does not support spreading misinformation that casts doubt on the seriousness of COVID-19, the validity of the science of this pandemic, and the effectiveness of COVID vaccinations.”

“This kind of communication feeds conspiracy theories and misinformation, and is not only offensive, but dangerous. We encourage the public to seek valid sources of information regarding COVID-19 and vaccinations, such as through the Government of Saskatchewan COVID-19 website, or the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).”

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Russia marks record number of COVID-19 deaths for 5th straight day

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Russia reported 1,075 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, its fifth straight daily record, as the authorities prepare to shut workplaces countrywide and lock down the capital.

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A record 37,678 new cases were also reported. Despite developing one of the world’s first vaccines against COVID-19, Russia has vaccinated only about a third of its population, one of the lowest rates in Europe.

President Vladimir Putin this week approved a nationwide workplace shutdown in the first week of November, and the capital Moscow will reimpose a partial lockdown from Oct. 28, with only essential shops such as pharmacies and supermarkets allowed to remain open.

— Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Polina Devitt

© 2021 Reuters

No one hurt after shooter fires into packed Corydon nightclub

Partygoers at a popular Corydon Avenue bar were unhurt, but shaken up after a shooter fired into the establishment early Saturday morning.

Witnesses told Global News a man was being escorted out of Bar Italia by security staff shortly after midnight, and repeatedly tried to get back inside.

As bouncers held their ground, witnesses then reported seeing the man on his phone.

Moments later, roughly a half-dozen shots rang out in the busy nightclub, shattering a front window.

“It was so loud in there,” witness Shawn Eisler told 680 CJOB. “Then everyone hit the deck and tried to find some cover.”

“I had no idea what was going on until I saw (my friend) running towards me with sheer panic on his face.”

“(The friend) told us they were shooting in our direction.”

Fellow bar-goer Carson Ransom was standing beside Eisler when the attack took place.

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“I was at the bar getting drinks, and all of a sudden (our friend) came up to us and said there were shots fired,” he explained.

“We went to the VLT area and hid for a minute,” Ransom recalled. “Everyone was hiding behind tables, and I looked around the corner and there were lights.”

The scene outside popular Winnipeg nightclub Bar Italia on Saturday morning, hours after a shooter opened fire through the front entrance. No one was hurt.

The scene outside popular Winnipeg nightclub Bar Italia on Saturday morning, hours after a shooter opened fire through the front entrance. No one was hurt.

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Ransom says more than a dozen Winnipeg Police Service officers were on scene just a couple of minutes after the shooting.

By that time, the alleged assailant had made his way inside the bar.

“(Officers) wrestled him to the ground and cuffed him.”

Eisler said the quick response from officers helped reassure the shocked crowd.

“They kept us there for probably 45 minutes, taking down everyone’s information before letting us go.”

Police have yet to answer nearly a dozen calls from Global News, asking for confirmation of the arrest.

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