The local mechanical community identifies as the victim of the murder of Milton, Ont.  shooting

The local mechanical community identifies as the victim of the murder of Milton, Ont. shooting

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that Shakeel Ashraf has three daughters, when in fact he has two.

The victim of a shooting in Milton, Ontario, which killed one man and injured two people, has been identified as a longtime local.

Family and friends told Global News that the victim was Shakeel Ashraf, who they described as a “key element” in Milton’s Pakistani and Muslim communities.

Ashraf, who ran a mechanical shop, was working for his company, MK Auto Repairs, on Bronte Road in Milton when he was shot and killed.

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Silvia Lombardi, who has visited MK Auto Repair in the past, said he was always smiling.

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She said about Ashraf: “Very polite with people.”

The multi-disciplinary police operation began Monday afternoon after the shootings in Mississauga and Milton are believed to be the same suspect.

In Mississauga, Toronto Police Officer Andrew Hong was shot and killed at close range around 2:15 p.m. in the Argentia Road and Winston Churchill Avenue area. Another person suffered life-changing injuries.

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Police said the suspect then fled to Milton, where they said he had killed one person and wounded two others as of Monday evening in critical and serious condition.

Police said the suspect eventually died after interacting with an officer in Halton, in the city of Hamilton. The Special Investigation Unit, the watchdog that investigates incidents including police shootings, is investigating events related to the suspect’s death.


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Police in Hamilton say suspect in connection with fatal shootings in Mississauga, Milton murder


Police in Hamilton say suspect in connection with fatal shootings in Mississauga, Milton murder

Friends in Milton said Ashraf had owned and operated the mechanic’s shop for several years.

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People who interacted with him described him as an “honest mechanic”. Someone said they felt comfortable going to him with the smallest of problems.

Amanda Powers, who regularly flew vehicles to Ashraf, said he was a “very family oriented guy.”

She said a lot of locals visited his shop to service their cars and that death was “hitting close to home” for the Milton community.

Many have referred to him as “Shaquil Bhai” in Urdu, meaning Brother Shakil, as a sign of respect.

Ashraf lives with two daughters and a wife, according to his friends and community members who knew him.

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