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Barrie police seek suspects after attempted murder at townhouse

'There was a message being sent here to someone,' says police official; Five shots were fired during the Dec. 30 incident on Yonge Street, officials say

Barrie police are hoping residents of a south-end townhouse complex will help them nab two suspects wanted in connection to an attempted murder last month.

On Dec. 30, 2020, at 9:50 p.m., police responded to a residential townhouse unit located at 549 Yonge St. after a report of gunfire. 

Barrie police communications co-ordinator Peter Leon told BarrieToday that despite the quick response and best efforts of officers, the suspects remain at large.

“Officers set up a pretty significant perimeter in the area, but were unable to locate the suspects,” said Leon. “It is possible that a vehicle was the way they made their way out of the area.”

Two Barrie Police canine units were called to the scene, near Cox Mill Road, to assist in locating the persons responsible and tracked two sets of footprints that led away from the area.

Police also learned that as many as five gunshots were heard by witnesses who lived in the area; no one was struck by the gunfire. 

There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident.

Leon said the shooting was isolated and the suspects “knew who they were after.”

“There was a message being sent here to someone in particular, a very careless message,” said Leon. “One shot is bad enough but five could have certainly resulted in a loss of life. Thankfully, no shots struck anyone.”

Detectives from the Barrie Police Investigative Services continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident and with the assistance of the Forensic Identification Unit that attended the scene on the night this occurred, evidence has been collected that police hope will help to identify the persons responsible. 

Police know the suspects were dressed in black, both wore white socks and at least one of them was armed with a small calibre firearm. 

Anyone who resides in the townhouse unit that may have information or security video of this shooting is asked to contact Det.-Const. Mathew Mulhall at 705-725-7025, extension 2561.

Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information online at If you have any information on this crime or any others, being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.