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Toronto man charged with attempted murder for Westfort shooting

Police responded to Amelia Street West after numerous parties exchanged gunfire
Thunder Bay police responded to an altercation involving firearms on Amelia Street on Tuesday. (Matt Vis,

THUNDER BAY — A 20-year-old Toronto man faces several charges, including attempted murder, after an exchange of gunfire in Westfort on Tuesday.

Thunder Bay police on Wednesday confirmed that Iverson Thomas has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the Amelia Street West incident, and that more suspects are being sought.

Police responded to the area around 12:45 p.m. after receiving reports of gunshots, saying numerous parties were involved and had exchanged gunfire before fleeing.

Police said a responding officer saw a male suspect, who matched the description provided by witnesses. After a brief chase, the suspect was arrested and found with a handgun and crack cocaine.

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.

The incident remains under investigation, police said, adding that additional support from the OPP is also assisting.

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to contact the police non-emergency line, while anyone with surveillance or dash cam footage is also asked to contact police.


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