Two men wanted in an attempted murder investigation are being urged to contact a lawyer and surrender to police.
On June 14, two girls – ages nine and five – received gunshot injuries while playing in a park at Alton Towers Circle in Scarborough.
Sheldon Eriya was arrested the next day and charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, the reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime.
On June 17, police identified the two other men they allege were involved in the shooting.
Canada-wide warrants were issued for T’Quan Robertson and Tarrick Rhoden, both 23, of Toronto.
At a news conference at police headquarters on June 29, Detective Sergeant Jim Gotell, of 42 Division, said he believes the suspects are still in the Greater Toronto Area.
“There is no doubt in my mind that we are going to find these guys,” he said. “I am encouraging them to come forward and surrender to police. We have been working very hard on getting them and watching a lot of places. I think they would agree with me that we have been putting a lot of pressure on places that they frequent and on people that they know. We are looking very hard for them and they know that.”
Police believe friends and associates are helping the suspects evade police.
Gotell has warned those who might be helping them that they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
“Police would like to remind members of the public that providing assistance to Rhoden and/or Robertson is an offence under the Criminal Code and police will seek the prosecution of anyone found assisting them to evade arrest,” he said. “The offence is called Accessory After the Fact and is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.”
Gotell said police are also still trying to locate the father of the injured girls who they believe was the target of the shooting.
“We know who he is and we have been looking for him for the past two weeks,” he said. “We have encouraged him in the past to come forward to police about this. We are actively searching for this gentleman as well and we are hoping to find him.”
The injured girls have undergone several surgeries and are now back at home.
“They are expected to make a full recovery,” Gotell said. “Their family has asked me to pass along their thanks to the members of their community and to the people of Toronto for the support and encouragement they have received over the past two weeks and are asking members of the media to respect their privacy.”
The two guns used in the shooting, Gotell said, have not been recovered.
“The two men we are looking for might be armed and dangerous and may prove a threat to either law enforcement trying to arrest them or members of the public who may inadvertently get in their way,” he added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200, or give a tip to Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).