Violent kidnapping leaves 1 son dead, another shot and 63-year-old dad found seriously injured in Hamilton

Violent kidnapping leaves 1 son dead, another shot and 63-year-old dad found seriously injured in Hamilton-Milenio Stadium-Ontario
Hamilton police say 63-year-old Faqir Ali suffered life-threatening injuries after he was taken from his home on Thursday morning. (Hamilton police)
Kidnapping in Hamilton-Milenio Stadium-Ontario
Ali was taken from his home near Glancaster Road and Dickenson Road in Mount Hope around 3 a.m. ET Thursday, police say. (Paul Smith/CBC)

An early-morning kidnapping of a Hamilton man during a violent home invasion left one of his sons dead and another son shot before the 63-year-old was later found in serious condition, police say.

Faqir Ali was found on Beach Boulevard near the Burlington Lift Bridge around 9 a.m. ET Thursday with serious, life-threatening injuries, Hamilton police spokesperson Const. Indy Bharaj said.

Ali was “taken forcefully” from his home near Glancaster Road and Dickenson Road in Mount Hope around 3 a.m., said police.

Khalid Suleman, Ali’s brother-in-law, told CBC Hamilton from his home in Pakistan on Thursday that the whole family is “shocked.”

“[My sister] told me … ‘someone … broke doors, and shoot my children and abduct my husband,'” Suleman said.

Officers found Ali’s sons, both in their 20s, with gunshot wounds, Bharaj said, adding one has died and the other was in surgery as of 10 a.m.

“It’s disturbing,” said the media relations officer, noting the incident marks the third shooting the city has seen in the past week. “This isn’t something that Hamilton should ever get used to.”

Investigators believe the incident was targeted, but are still working to determine a motive.

The victims were not known to police.

Bharaj said he does not believe the suspects made contact with police at any point.

“Our understanding is that there were multiple people involved,” he added, but he was not immediately able to provide suspect descriptions. Police also believe a dark SUV was involved.

Following the kidnapping, Bharaj said police believed Ali’s life was in danger.

“The main focus of this investigation, at this time, is bringing Faqir home safely,” he said at the time.

Police said Ali was taken from his home wearing only a pair of black and white pyjama pants, with no shirt.

Bharaj said Ali is in hospital, but would not provide any detail of his injuries or how police came to find him.

Police are asking the public to stay away from the scene in Mount Hope and from near the Burlington Lift Bridge as the major crime unit investigates.

Anyone with dashcam footage taken near the bridge around 9 a.m. is asked to contact police.


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