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Police confirm names of two victims in Collingwood shooting

Investigations are continuing to identify a third unknown male who may have been at the residence at the time of the incident
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The scene of a shooting on Matthew Way. Erika Engel

Police have now released the names of the two men killed in a shooting in Collingwood earlier this week. 

Dean Copkov, 52, and Donovan Bass, 42, both of Wasaga Beach, died on Jan. 22, around 1:30 a.m. outside a residence in the Eight Building (801-810) on Matthew Way. 

CollingwoodToday.ca previously reported the names of the victims, but police had not confirmed their identities at the time. 

Neighbouring residents reported hearing three loud bangs, followed by screaming and the sound of glass breaking. 

Martin Hachey, the media officer for Collingwood and The Blue Mountains OPP, confirmed the police would not be releasing any details on if, when, and who called 9-1-1 to report the incident to police.

Cameron Gardiner, 57, of Collingwood has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 29. 

"Investigators are continuing their efforts to identify a third unknown male, believed to have been at the residence at the time of the incident," states a news release sent out by Collingwood and The Blue Mountains OPP. 

With the assistance of OPP Central Region Crime Unit, and OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS), the investigation continues under the direction of Detective Inspector Paula Milne, OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collingwood/The Blue Mountains OPP at (705) 445-4321. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or submit your information online at www.p3tips.com. Your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2000.

 




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