Evidence points to firearm that triggered lockdown

Police know type and calibre

A block of Spruce Street North adjacent to The 101 Mall is seen closed by the Timmins Police Service Thursday night while the building was under lockdown. RICHA BHOSALE/The Daily Press

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Police forensics officers have figured out the type and calibre of firearm that was discharged outside a Timmins residence which triggered a lockdown at The 101 Mall Thursday night.

The Timmins Police Service had previously reported recovering “physical evidence” from the area.

Investigators have also obtained video surveillance footage taken around the time when gunshots were reportedly heard.

However, police are not releasing some of the details they’ve learned just yet.

Marc Depatie, corporate communications coordinator for the Timmins Police Service, told The Daily Press it is not uncommon for police to withhold certain details during an ongoing investigation as way of assessing the accuracy of tips or information provided by members of the public.

Depatie said the footage police obtained was sourced from “private enterprises” in the area of Sixth Avenue and Spruce Street North.

One factor they are still uncertain about is the number of gun shots that were actually fired that night.

Depatie said police have received conflicting reports.

On local social media there have been reports of two shots having been heard — others claiming there were more.

Depatie said police have received no reports of anyone being shot or injured as a result of this incident

In the meantime, he added, “Police are still very interested in speaking to the persons involved or people who were victimized by this event. We are eager to bring this matter to a successful close, but it’s contingent on information being brought to our attention.”

The area around The 101 Mall was secured by police late Thursday afternoon after residents reported hearing gunshots.

The incident triggered a lockdown at the mall which began at about 4.45 p.m. and ended around 6.15 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call TPS at 705-264-1201.

They can also do so anonymously by calling the Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-222-8477 or by using www.p3tips.com online.

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