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Update: 16-year-old arrested in connection with Westfort shooting incident

The male was arrested in Toronto and faces multiple charges related to the May 2 incident in Westfort
Thunder Bay police responded to an altercation involving firearms at Spence Court on Amelia Street on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. (Matt Vis,

THUNDER BAY — A youth has been arrested in connection with a brazen daytime shooting incident outside a District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Building apartment complex in Westfort.

Thunder Bay Police confirmed Tuesday that a 16-year-old male was apprehended on the weekend in Toronto by that city's police service.

He faces multiple charges, including attempted murder using a firearm, discharging a firearm in a careless manner, and failure to comply with a release order, among other charges.

The youth appeared in bail court in Thunder Bay on Tuesday via video from Toronto, and was remanded into custody with a future court date.

Two other people were charged earlier.

Deserrae Dawn Barber, 36, is charged with attempted murder using a restricted or prohibited firearm, and 20-year-old Iverson Thomas is charged with attempted murder using a restricted or prohibited firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, discharging a firearm into or at a place in a reckless manner, resisting a peace officer, careless storage of a firearm, knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, and drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.

No one was injured in the May 2 incident in the parking lot of Spence Court on Amelia Street.

Police have said more than 20 rounds were fired during the exchange of gunfire.

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