St. Catharines: Nima Malek charged in flea market shooting


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Two patrons shot in St. Catharines flea market robbery

John Burman Mon, 15 Aug 2011
thespec.com

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ST. CATHARINES A man who tried to stop a robbery at a popular St. Catharines flea market is in hospital after being shot in the stomach Sunday afternoon.

The wounded man, said to be from St. Catharines, is in serious but stable condition after suffering life threatening in juries.

Bystanders grabbed one masked gunman and held him for police as another fled after the 3:30 p.m. shooting at the St. Catharines flea Market on Turner Crescent.

A second market patron, a man from Niagara Falls, suffered minor wounds to one leg from bullet fragments and was treated and released from hospital.

Niagara police said when officers arrived after a number of frantic 911 calls from inside the market patrons were struggling to hold one suspect.

Nima Malek, 20, of Richmond Hill, is charged with aggravated assault, discharging a firearm with intent, robbery with a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, assault causing bodily harm, tampering with a serial number, unauthorized possession of a firearm and three counts of breach of a recognizance and being disguised with intent.

He is scheduled to appear in court in St. Catharines Monday for a bail hearing.

Police said Monday the seriously wounded man is recovering.

Investigators say before 3:30 p.m. two or more men walked into the main concourse of the indoor flea market and began smashing merchandise display cases in an attempt to steal from a vendor.

At this time one, pointed a handgun at some of the 200 people inside the market including numerous children and seniors.

Police said a man challenged the man with the gun and tried to grab him.

The two struggled and the citizen was shot in the stomach at close range. Nevertheless he continued to hang onto the gunman as others came to his aid.

Witnesses said who believed at least six shots were fired during the melee said market patrons scrambled for the exits when the shooting started.

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Police seized a handgun when they arrived.

One of the suspected gunmen fled and police are still hunting him.

He is said to be in mid 20s, has a medium build, tanned complexion and was wearing a grey hoodie, a bandana to cover his face and sunglasses.

Investigators have requested anyone who may have information in relation to the incident contact detectives in St. Catharines at 905 688 4111 x 4276.

jburman@thespec.com

905-526-2469

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3 thoughts on “St. Catharines: Nima Malek charged in flea market shooting”

  1. third world immigration creates plenty of well paid jobs for Canadians, especially as jail wardens, social workers, policemen, slum landlords .

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