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Drug debts may have triggered drive-by shootings: Police

By: Arron Pickard - Sudbury Northern Life

 | May 02, 2014 - 11:54 AM |
The lead investigator into the two drive-by shootings in Greater Sudbury this week said he believes drug debts may have triggered the violence.

Staff Sgt. Al Asunmaa said there's no indication the shootings are gang related or connected with outlaw biker activity. He said police do believe the illegal drug trade is a factor in the shootings.

Investigators found that two different firearms used in the shootings, but have not determined if both weapons were the same calibre.

Police have also issued a more accurate description of the suspect vehicle believed to have been involved in both shootings. The vehicle is a Dodge Journey, silver in colour, with factory-installed black roof racks.

“We know there were at least two people in the vehicle,” Asunmaa said. “It was an independent witness who provided information about the suspect vehicle, and we know that it continued down Barrydowne Road and then west on the Kingsway.”

Investigators are now sifting through surveillance footage from area business on Barrydowne Road and Lasalle Boulevard. That footage, combined with tips being called into police, will hopefully lead to a quick arrest, Asunmaa said.
Arron Pickard

Arron Pickard

Staff Writer


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