Council needs to support the officers working on the street
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO October 9, 2019 - 09:00 (LSN) Police Media Release States 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.
On Facebook Councillor Brian Hamilton stated:
Dease & McKenzie shooting.
I am beyond frustrated with this situation. Police have known about this house for months. Neighbours have been organizing and trying to work with police & bylaw to address the rampant issues at this address. There have been arrests. Apparently not enough.
This is similar to the Algoma St murder where drug deals/prostitution went unchecked for months before the occupant was finally murdered.
Not sure the answer here but if local police need help, we need to get them help. Not just money, but advocacy at the federal level. We also need to encourage cooperation between neighbours, police, agencies and the City.
Events like this are traumatizing, isolating and highlight the need for serious attention at the street level.
Please contact City Council, all of them. This isn’t a Ward issue. This is the front line and requires the attention of the entire community.
Citizens reponed by saying
That house has been a ticking time bomb. Clearly, just by walking by you would know that it was just a matter of time. I don't think they can really do anything because those places only have small amounts of drugs but flows in constantly via "runners" I think they have been doing better re gangs and drug busts. I have seen the Police there before and the one occupant ran out the back door and over to a neighbors
One also reminded people of a meeting tonight at New Hope Church on Ogden street to address neighborhood issues at 630 pm tomorrow. It is directly across from the school on the corner by crossing guard shelter (in case I didn't get the name right.)