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Police called to reported shooting

Bob Bruton

By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner

Barrie police officers search a wooded area behind 101 Kozlov St., Tuesday, as the investigation into a homicide continues. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Barrie police officers search a wooded area behind 101 Kozlov St., Tuesday, as the investigation into a homicide continues. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

A Barrie homicide victim and the suspect knew each other, say city police.

The woman died after suffering a serious wound early Tuesday at a Kozlov Street apartment.

City police received a 911 call at 2:41 a.m. reporting there had been a shooting inside 101 Kozlov St.

Arriving officers found a 50-year-old woman with no vital signs at the seven-storey building. She was taken to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

“Oh my God, that's awful!” said a woman who lives right across the street.

The victim was taken to the Ontario Centre for Forensic Science in Toronto, where a forensic post-mortem is scheduled for Wednesday to determine the cause of death.

Police said early Tuesday afternoon that no one had been arrested in connection with the woman's death.

The woman's identity will not be released until next of kin are notified, police said.

Neighbours who spoke to the Examiner Tuesday morning said they had not heard anything during the night.

“I was surprised when I got up in the morning to see all the police here,” said Robert Iles, who also lives right across the street. “Normally you hear everything on the street.”

But Iles said police cruisers on Kozlov, just north of Heather Street, are not unusual.

“It's a pretty wild apartment,” he said. “There's a lot of police action over there, you know.”

Another woman who lives right across the street told the Examiner she heard nothing early Tuesday, but that many seniors live in the apartments and neighbours hear sirens – usually ambulances and fire trucks – all the time.

She had heard that the city police canine unit had been deployed, although the police media release does not mention it.

Police had taped off the area behind 101 Kozlov, where a city water tower is located, and there were cruisers at the roadway leading to it off Bayfield Street.

Investigators have released no information about what led to the shooting or what type of weapon was used.

Police canvassed the building at 101 Kozlov St., and the surrounding area. There's also been a ground search of the apartment building's perimeter, and the police unmanned aerial vehicle has also been used.

This is Barrie's third homicide of 2017.

James Pasowisty, 51, and his 19-year-old son Nickolas, died of multiple stab wounds at a William Street house on Feb. 8.

Dyrrin Daley, 24, of Barrie, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Anyone with information about the Kozlov Street investigation is asked to contact the city police homicide unit at 705-725-7025, ext. 2160, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit tipsubmit.


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