Police officers responded to the second drive-by shooting on April 30 after a pickup truck was hit by bullets fired from another vehicle on Barrydowne Road.
Investigators said a black pickup truck with two occupants was travelling southbound on Barrydowne when the occupant or occupants in the suspect vehicle, travelling in the same direction, fired numerous times, striking the pickup truck.
About a day earlier, an unknown gunman or gunmen fired a number of shots at a vehicle parked on Denis Crescent in Azilda. The lone occupant, a 24-year-old man, was not injured.
Thirkill wouldn't confirm whether the shootings are drug related.
“We are at the very early stages of this investigation,” Thirkill said. “We believe they are linked, and that this is not a random act.”
Greater Sudbury Police has assigned a full case management team to the investigation. Led by Staff Sgt. Al Asunma and consisting of constables, a forensic team, the drug unit and Break, Enter and Robbery (BEAR) unit.
“It's a full-court press,” Thirkill said. “We have about half a dozen officers assigned to the investigation full time, with lots of resources at our disposal to assist.”
Police wouldn't confirm if the victims in the two shootings knew each other, but they have all been interviewed and are co-operating with police. All three people are young men in their 20s, Thirkill said.
And, while police are still investigating what kind of firearms were used in the shootings, they believe they were handguns, he said.
“This is not common to our community, and we are very, very concerned,” Thirkill said. “It's a very dangerous situation, and we want to ensure that, with the help of the public, we get to the bottom of this very quickly.
“We are making a public appeal to anyone in the area last night around 11 p.m. who might have seen anything suspicious to call police or Crime Stoppers,” he said. “We do have some leads as to the motive behind the shootings, but at this point we are not disclosing that information.”
Officers are canvassing the area, and talking to numerous witnesses.
“Our city has a history of co-operation, and we're a small enough city that we aren't facing the same sort of circumstances as Toronto or other cities where people are fearful of going to the police.”