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But police say they aren’t sure whether family members knew whoever it was who fired the fatal shot.
“It’s unclear whether or not there was any connection between the family of the boy and the shooters,” said Const. George Tudos.
“At this point, a very devastating time for a family,” said Ruttan.
“We have lots of witnesses, but we need other bureaus to come in and assist to interview as many of them as we can,” said Const. George Tudos.
Police have set up a command post in the middle of the road near the end of a row of townhomes.
The Criminal Investigation Bureau was continuing a search into the early hours of Thursday morning with uniformed officers who could be seen shining flashlights amongst the townhomes beyond police tape that cordoned off the entire road.
Earlier, police swarmed the area with tactical teams and a canine unit who swept the area.
It’s not known what involvement, if any, those individuals may have had with the shooting, he added.
Just down the street, the flag outside Sir Winston Churchill Public School flew at half mast. Inside, students and teachers were asked to write their memories of Williams in a small book. The book will be placed on a memorial table in the foyer alongside flowers and pictures of the Grade 4 student.
“Right now we’ve got members of the board’s critical incident response team giving support to his friends and staff members who may be affected,” said Carla Pereira, a spokeswoman for the Peel District School Board.
Denarde Archer, a neighbour who lived in the same building as Williams, said the boy was friends with his son.
“My son told me that he was really good at basketball,” Archer said. He added that Williams had just begun attending the school’s breakfast club.
Archer described the townhouse complex as tight-knit and said that Williams and his family had moved in just last week.
Where the road meets Clarence St. at the east end are two plazas containing convenience stores, a bakery, a Caribbean takeout and salons.
With files from Andrew Livingstone and Graham Slaughter