Chief James Ramer announced the arrests of two men in relation to a weekend shooting in 31 Division that left a 12-year-old bystander life-threatening condition.
It is alleged that suspects exited a vehicle and began shooting at another vehicle on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at approximately 2:20 p.m., in the Jane Street and Stong Court area.
There were four victims including a 12-year-old boy who was walking in the area at the time with his mother.
On Monday, November 9, close to 5 p.m. an Integrated Gun and Gang Task Force Centralized Shooting Response Team arrested Rashawn Chambers, 24, of Toronto, and Jahwayne Smart, 25, of no fixed address, in the Bay Street and Dundas Street West area as they exited a store.
It is further alleged that three loaded firearms were recovered.
Both men face 28 charges including six counts of attempt murder and firearm possession.
“We believe these two alleged shooters may have been involved in a separate shooting incident last week - which also endangered the lives of many innocent people and that remains an active investigation,” said Ramer, of a shooting on November 4 in the same area on Driftwood Ave. The Chief also alleged the same offenders are believed to be involved in a shooting in Bradford.
“I want to underline that gun violence and gang activity will not be tolerated. We will put every effort to bring these types of individuals to justice. These types of significant events impact the safety of our neighbourhoods, particularly, this callous and reckless act that occurred on Saturday afternoon, endangering so many lives,” Chief Ramer said.
The Chief visited the area with Mayor John Tory on the weekend to speak with residents.
“The Toronto Police Service is committed to taking all action to work with our communities and government partners to stop gun violence and disrupt the gang activity that threatens our neighbourhoods.”
Ramer thanked officers for their investigation leading to the arrests.
“I would like to commend all of the officers involved, for their excellent work and diligence in making these arrests safely, and without further incident. And, I’d like to acknowledge York Regional Police Service who provided invaluable assistance,” the Chief said.
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