Drive-by shooting at Norfolk gas station

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The owners of a St. Williams gas station were awoken by the sound of gunfire outside their business early Sunday morning.

“This morning at 3:45 a.m. shots were fired in a drive-by at our gas station, which is also our home. The shots were fired on the building and the gas pumps,” Neetu Moondi-Kullar wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.

Her parents own the Shell station at Highway 24 East and Forestry Farm Road in the west end of Norfolk County.

Moondi-Kullar told The Spectator five shots were fired at the building as her parents and brother slept inside, along with the family dog, Jaxx, and their parrot, Castro.

“We are still assessing the total damage,” Moondi-Kullar said, adding that her family is feeling “shaken up, scared and angry” after the shooting.

“They have worked so hard to build the business and become part of the community, and it’s just disheartening to see something like this happen,” she said. “One wrong shot on the pumps could have blown my whole family up as a worst-case scenario.”

The Moondi family has owned the station since December 2016.

A police investigation is underway and Norfolk OPP has reviewed surveillance footage that shows “a small, dark-coloured car” in the area at the time of the shooting.

Police are attempting to identify the owner of the vehicle and have asked area residents to check their surveillance systems to see if other cameras picked up the car or its occupants around Port Rowan or St. Williams.

Tips can be called in to the OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or submitted anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at helpsolvecrime.com.

Moondi-Kullar said she hopes whoever endangered her family’s lives will be brought to justice.

“This time no one was hurt, but what happens next time when these low-life fools shoot at someone and seriously injure them?” she said.

J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator