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Man wanted in shooting death of Mississauga woman, 25, charged with first-degree murder

Peel Regional Police have arrested a 39-year-old Toronto man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman they say was his 25-year-old girlfriend.

Peel police identify victim as Alicia Lewandowski, the girlfriend of the alleged shooter

Alicia Lewandowski, 25, was found without vital signs outside a townhouse complex in Mississauga around 5 a.m. Monday. (Alicia Marie/Facebook)

Peel Regional Police have arrested a 39-year-old Toronto man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman they say was his 25-year-old girlfriend, Toronto police say. 

Several Toronto police emergency task force units descended on the King Street and Strachan Avenue area around 8 p.m. to assist with the arrest of Joseph Chang.
Joseph Chang, 39, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 25-year-old woman's death. (Peel Regional Police)

Peel police had been searching for Chang since Monday morning after an early morning shooting in the Dixie Road and Rathburn Road East area, where Alicia Lewandowski was found without vital signs outside a townhouse complex.

Police warned earlier that Chang was considered armed and dangerous. 

Lewandowski was pronounced dead at the scene, with Peel police's homicide unit taking over the case soon-after.

Chang has been charged with first-degree murder and is expected to attend a bail hearing in Brampton on Tuesday.

A friend of Lewandowski told CBC News that Monday was "a long and horrible day."

"My mind can rest," said Ashley DeOliveira of the arrest, adding she hopes her childhood friend's family will soon have the answers they're seeking.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3205 or leave an anonymous tip with Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Peel police received reports of gunfire at 5 a.m. Monday morning. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

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