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5 arrested after shots fired between condo units in Toronto, gun recovered

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TORONTO — Five people have been arrested and a gun has been recovered after a shooting that sent bullets through the wall of a condominium into the unit next door, Toronto police said Tuesday.

Const. Caroline de Kloet said officers were called to the downtown building shortly before 3 a.m. for the sound of gunshots. No one was hurt in the incident, she said.

Lucas Timmons, a journalist with The Canadian Press, said he was asleep when he heard what sounded like a door slamming around 2:30 a.m.

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He said he first thought it was just the occupants of the next-door unit, which he describes as a short-term rental, being noisy.

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A few minutes later he said he heard another loud bang followed by the sound of glass breaking. When he got out of bed to investigate, he noticed his dryer door had been shattered.

“As I kept looking, I saw there was a hole through one of the photos on the wall I had hung,” Timmons said.

“I thought, ‘Wow, that looks like a bullet hole.'”

Timmons said he then noticed a bullet on the floor. He said he called building security and then dialled 911.

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Officers showed up within minutes and shortly thereafter got him down to the lobby, Timmons said. The force’s tactical team then headed upstairs, Timmons said, adding that he later saw five people in handcuffs.

Timmons said he is still processing what happened.

“If I was doing laundry at the time, I’d be dead,” he said. “My bed is along the same wall, so I’m lucky they shot where they were shooting and not 15 feet over.”

De Kloet said the incident remains under investigation and added that those arrested will be charged.