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Police investigating assault at pet store

One arrested, one in hospital after incident that may have involved a firearm

THUNDER BAY – Police are investigating an assault, possibly involving a firearm, that closed down a local pet store this afternoon.

One man has been arrested, and another is in hospital with unknown injuries after Thunder Bay Police responded to a call at Pet-Tastic, at the corner of Queen and High streets.

Officers responded to reports of a firearm being discharged in the area shortly after noon today. Several police cruisers, as well as a forensics unit, were on hand as a group of employees and customers gathered behind the store, which was surrounded with police tape.

One woman at the scene said she was called to pick up her dog after reports of a man with a firearm in the store.

In a release, police said they found a 25-year-old male at the store who appeared to have been the victim of a recent assault. He was transported to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre with unknown injuries.

Police have located and arrested a 33-year-old male in connection with the assault. They say the victim and accused were known to one another.

This story has been updated from an earlier version with additional information from Thunder Bay Police.