Seven firearms recovered in three days

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 3:29 p.m. August 13, 2019

In the wake of escalating gun violence in the city, Toronto police have made nine arrests and seized seven guns in the last week.

A handgun and ammunition on a table
A handgun alleged to have been recovered during on August 10, 2019 search warrant in relation to a shooting at a club near Keele St. and Finch Ave. W.

On August 5 at about 2.a.m, several shots were fired inside a nightclub in the Finch Ave. W. and Keele St. area.

A total of four people were rushed to hospital with gunshots wounds, one of whom sustained serious injuries.

With the Service’s West Command Gun Violence Suppression Unit working around the clock on the case, a warrant was executed at an address in the Jane St. and Lawrence Ave. W. area on August 10.

Kenniel Lloyd McLennon, 30, was arrested and faces eight charges, including careless use of a firearm and knowingly manufacturing a firearm.

He made a court appearance on August 12.

On August 10 at around 7.10 a.m., police received a call to 16 Burma Dr. about a number of intoxicated persons that were about to drive a vehicle.

Officers located the vehicle and the investigation resulted in the recovery of a loaded handgun.

Pierre Barthold and Addul Abdulle of Edmonton face a combined 16 charges while 23-year-old Abdi Hussein of Mississauga, Edmonton and Saskatchewan and 22-year-old Faisal Fareed of Ottawa were also charged with weapon-related offences.

The investigation is ongoing.

On the same day, 53 Division members conducting investigations targeting gun and gang violence arrested two males in the Thorncliffe Park area and seized three loaded handguns and a quantity of Canadian currency.

Muhammad Hassan, 22, of Toronto and Harass Khan, 25, of no fixed address, are facing numerous charges, including carrying a concealed weapon and breach of probation.

On August 11 at approximately 2.25 a.m., officers responded to a call for a person with a gun in the Dundas St. E. and George St. area.

It is alleged that two men in the area became involved in an altercation and one of them produced a gun which he pointed at several people.

Daniel Papadopoylos, 23, of Toronto was arrested and faces several charges, including failing to comply with probation and breaching a peace bond.

Esther Linaras, 37, of Toronto was charged with possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm without holding a license, careless storage of a firearm, possession of a weapon for committing an offence, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and possession restricted/prohibited firearm knowingly not holding a license.

They appeared at Old City Hall on August 11.

At approximately 4.16 a.m. on August 5, police responded to reports of a shooting in the Lombard St. and Church St. area.

It’s alleged that a vehicle pulled up to a parked vehicle and occupants from inside the vehicle fired several shots and wounded two men who were seated inside the parked vehicle.

One of the parked vehicle’s occupants returned fire and then fled the scene on foot.

On August 9, a search warrant was executed in the area of Parliament St. and Gerrard St. E. and a loaded firearm was alleged to have been seized. 

Malieck Mohamed, 19, of Toronto, faces seven charges, including two counts of attempted murder.

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