Two arrests have been made and police are searching for two suspects in connection with a shooting investigation.
Following the June 9 funeral of Dimarjio Jenkins, a memorial gathering was held at a restaurant – Blaxx – at 55 Beverly Hills Dr. in Toronto.
“This restaurant has a rear door access to a large parking lot at the rear of the establishment,” said Supt. Steve Watts at a press conference at police headquarters on June 25. “The parking lot is situated north of the westbound lanes of Hwy 401, west of Jane St. and east of Hwy. 400.”
At 11.22 p.m., a dark-coloured Sedan travelling westbound on Hwy 401 pulled over to the shoulder directly alongside the restaurant’s parking lot and someone discharged a firearm into the crowd gathered at the rear of the restaurant.
Watts said the suspect vehicle spent nearly four seconds parked before fleeing westbound on Hwy 401.
He added that approximately 10 persons of interest are captured on a video shown at the press conference.
“They are in the parking lot brandishing or discharging firearms in the direction of Hwy 401 and the vehicle that has since left the scene,” noted Watts. “During this time period of approximately 45 seconds that’s elapsed, numerous vehicles driving westbound on Hwy 401 pass this location as gunfire is being directed towards the highway by persons at the rear of the restaurant. All of the suspects eventually flee the area.”
Police located more than 60 shell casings of various caliber guns.
Two victims in the parking lot, who suffered gunshot wounds, showed up at Humber-Wilson hospital later that evening where they were treated for their injuries.
“Through further investigation, members of the Centralized Shooting Response Teams (CSRT) determined that one of the victims was in possession of a firearm and had allegedly discharged it towards Hwy 401,” said Watts.
Gaddiel “O’Neil Ledinek, 24, of Milton, was arrested and faces six charges, including discharging a firearm with intent to endanger life and failing to comply with recognizance.
At the time of his arrest, he was before the court and on parole for possession of a loaded firearm.
His next court date is on July 3.
Later that week, 20-year-old Traequan Mahoney was arrested and charged with various offences. He will also appear in court on July 3.
With assistance of Toronto Police Service’s specialized assets and Peel Regional Police, CSRT investigators have identified an additional two suspects in the parking lot who were carrying firearms and allegedly discharged them during the incident.
Warrants have been issued for the arrests of Terrell Burke Whittaker, 24, of Brampton, and Javontae Johnson, 18, of Pickering.
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