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OPP investigating after shots fired on Highway 401 in Mississauga

Last Updated Feb 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm EDT

Provincial police are investigating after shots were fired on Highway 401 in Mississauga, causing a crash early Saturday morning.

It happened around 4:15 a.m. in the eastbound lanes near Winston Churchill Boulevard.

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said two vehicles were involved. One rolled on its side and had heavy damage, including bullet holes. Police found shell casings and bullet fragments on the highway.

The other — possibly a red vehicle that left the area — had significant damage to the front and sides, as it hit the barriers on both sides of the highway. It will also likely have a flat tire.

Schmidt said the OPP was questioning five males who were in the vehicle that rolled over.

The eastbound lanes were closed at Winston Churchill for most of Saturday afternoon before reopening just before 4 p.m.

The forensic identification unit, Highway Safety Division crime unit, traffic support and Port Credit OPP are investigating.

“We certainly do not want to have gunfire happening out on the highways,” Schmidt said. “Whether or not this is some sort of road rage, street justice or a targeted shooting, we don’t know. It’s still under investigation.”

Schmidt said the incident happened in a commercial area and there are several businesses in the area that might have video evidence.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Port Credit OPP at 905-278-6131.