Toronto cops describe Anchor Bar shooting from inside

Ontario Provincial Police officer who was inside Buffalo's Anchor Bar during fatal shooting.
Kathy McCormack, the Ontario Provincial Police officer who was inside Buffalo’s Anchor Bar during fatal shooting.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Canadian police officer and her husband were inside of the Anchor Bar during the Friday night fatal shooting. Kathy McCormack, and her husband, Rondi Craig, were at their favorite Buffalo restaurant when shots rang out.

McCormack, an Ontario Provincial Police officer, said, “We had actually just just finished eating and were just waiting on the bill when I heard four shots. So I said to him right away, you know those are gun shots.”

McCormack says her husband, who was a cop, now works for the Toronto Police Association,

“A lot of people were screaming and one of the waitresses was crying. Hysterically actually she was crying. Everybody at that point was hitting the ground because we didn’t know what was going on.”, said McCormack.

A short time later, McCormack says a man staggered out of the restaurant and was making his way towards the Anchor Bar’s parking lot.

McCormack’s husband, Rondi Craig, followed the man outside, and saw that he was wounded. The man was later identified by police as 32-year-old Freddie Dizon. “We had him sit down and we were asking him, where were you shot? We kept talking tohim, and telling him the ambulance was coming and things like that.”, said McCormack.

A nearby waitress brought the couple towels as Craig tried to help the victim. McCormack said, “He was doing his best to stop the bleeding, and control that bleeding, because he was really… That poor kid, he was really having a hard time there with a loss of blood.”

Dizon was later prounounced dead at ECMC. Dizon’s brother, Danny Gomez, says Dizon was an employee at the restaurant for roughly 8 years.

Craig said, “It’s so unfortunate that Freddie lost his life, and believe me when I tell you that we did everything we could to save that man.”

“My heart goes out ot him and his family, I know he had 3 little kids, it’s pretty discouraging.”, said McCormack.

One other man was wounded, 36-year-old Ray Hogue was treated and released from ECMC after being hit by a ricochet.

According to Buffalo Police, they’re still looking for the shooter in the “targeted” attack. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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