(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Last night, between 9:00 pm and 9:30 pm a male was shot 3 times inside the residence of a home at the corner of Dease and McKenzie, according to our sources.
What we have heard is that this was a gang-related shooting which was sparked due to disagreements revolving around the drug trafficking trade. The home is suspected to have been taken over or at least utilized by southern Ontario gang members. About a year ago, Toronto Crips gang members were arrested on the same block for drug trafficking allegations.
Information we have received is that there was an altercation that arose over the trafficking of drugs and who’s turf the home and area belonged to. Elements of human trafficking may have also been close to the boiling point of this incident.
A white car had pulled up to the home and a lone person entered the building. Soon after gunshots rang through the home which sparked the suspect to flee the home and the vehicle sped off, leaving the area.
Numerous police cruisers and at least two ambulances arrived on scene and rushed the victim to hospital with three gunshot wounds. A gunshot wound to the shoulder and leg is what we have heard. The location of the third gunshot wound has not been confirmed. Police forensics unit also responded to the scene and officers were spotted combing the area with flashlights. The backyard was tape off with crime scene tape as well.
The killer is believed to be on the loose. This shooting has a similar tone to the gang-related shooting death of Geoff Corbeil who was shot and killed at a Brodie Street South residence not long ago. That murder remains unsolved and that killer is still on the loose.
Below is the police media release:
Thunder Bay Police Service officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were dispatched to 139 Dease Street around 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8 following reports of a shooting that had just occurred.
When police arrived they located a lone male victim and confirmed that a shooting had taken place. The victim was transported to the Thunder Bay Regional health Sciences Centre where he is now in stable condition.
Officers contained a scene and began investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
The investigation is now a major case and involves members of the service’s Major Crime Section.
Investigators are now looking for anyone who may have been driving in the area of Mckenzie Street, from Cumming Street to Pacific Avenue, around the hours of 9 and 10 p.m. who may have dash camera footage. Police are looking for residents in this area who may have active surveillance cameras on their property.
Residents and motorists who may have footage that could assist in this investigation are urged to call police at 684-1200.
At this time police do not believe the shooting was a random occurrence, and suspect it has links to the drug trade.
Below is the video we obtained of the scene along with numerous photographs.
This is a developing story and we will provide further updates as more information becomes available.