(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Our tip line has exploded with reports of gunshots ringing near Dease and McKenzie.
At least one person has been shot at least three times and has been sent to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s Emergency department with likely life threatening injuries. Bullets entered the victim in the leg and shoulder, according to our sources. A third bullet may have hit the victim as well.
Sources indicate that a white vehicle pulled up outside a home in the 100 block of Dease Street and a person entered the home. Gunshots were heard and the suspect fled the scene. As they fled, more gunshots went off on May Street, likely from the same vehicle and suspect. The shooting is believed to have happened inside the home.
That incident unfolded around 9:30 pm this evening. Police escorted the ambulance to the hospital which had the teenage victim in it at a high rate of speed.
Numerous ambulances and police cruisers filled the streets as soon as the 911 call came in. The police forensics unit is on location investigating.
More gunshots rang near May Street in the same area shortly after. At this time we are not certain if there is a second victim.
Police have swarmed the area and motorists are asked to avoid the area. Accounts from citizens in the area claim numerous police cruisers are in the area. Police were spotted searching the outside of the home with flashlights (pictured below). Residents in the area suspect the home was trafficking drugs due to the foot traffic, questionable looking visitors and the large amount of people that would go in and out of the house at all hours of the day and night.
As of right now, unless police have managed to make an arrest, it is very probable that the shooter is on the loose in the community with a gun likely obtained through illegal channels with undoubtedly links to gang violence from southern Ontario.
This is a developing story and we will update you with more information as it becomes available.