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Search warrants executed in highrise where teen was shot and killed

Tyson Bailey was shot and killed in a Regent Park apartment building on Jan. 18, 2013. HANDOUT

Search warrants have been executed on the 13th floor of a Regent Park highrise where a teen was shot and killed.

Tyson Bailey, 15, was shot four times in the stairwell at 605 Whiteside Place near Dundast Street east and River Street around 2 p.m. on Jan. 18.

Toronto police executed the warrants on Sunday afternoon at a specific apartment on the 13th floor belonging to a person of interest in the case. Forensic units were also on scene.

There has been no word on a possible motive for the shooting.

Police say one of the items being searched for was cell phones.

“We want to piece together the last minutes or hours of Tyson’s life and we believe cell phones would give us a fairly good clue about why he was here,” Det. Sgt. Justin Vander Heyden told the media outside of the highrise on Sunday.

Police say they have spoken with the four people who occupy the apartment involved in the search warrant, including one male considered a person of interest.

Vander Heyden says all of the occupants have been cooperative and have admitted to knowing Bailey.

The teen did not live at the building where his body was found but he did live in the general area.

“Tyson was either lured here or came here for a reason,” Vander Heyden said at a new conference on Friday. “He didn’t just wander into the 13th floor stairwell.”

He said Bailey had no criminal record and there is no evidence that he was involved in any high-risk behavior.

“Tyson was not affiliated with any gangs at all,” Vander Heyden said. “By all accounts he was a fine young man.”

The person of interest are described as a male, white, 25-30 years old, acne/pock-marked complexion, tall and skinny.