Teen faces murder charges in Danzig shooting

Police investigate a barbecue that turned violent, at a community housing building on Danzig Ave....

Police investigate a barbecue that turned violent, at a community housing building on Danzig Ave. in Scarborough last July.(Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 6:46 PM ET

A third teenager facing murder charges in Toronto's worst mass shooting is no stranger to gunfire, Toronto Police said after announcing his arrest Friday.

Already facing cocaine-related charges, a 17-year-old accused Malvern Crew member arrested at 9:50 p.m. Thursday was wounded July 16 at the east-end neighbourhood barbecue that left two innocent people dead and 23 hurt.

He was also shot in an upper thigh in September while cycling through a housing complex.

Staff-Insp. Greg McLane told reporters the teen was charged with two counts of second-degree murder, one of attempted murder and 22 counts of aggravated assaults.

He was known to police before the Danzig St. shootings. However, under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, his name cannot be revealed.

An 18-year-old and a 16-year-old face firearms offences in his attempted murder, with the younger teen — who police say is associated with another accused Danzig shooter — also facing drug-related charges.

About 150 residents and visitors ran for their lives as two gangs exchanged gunfire this summer at a community barbecue, fatally wounding Shyanne Charles, 14, and Joshua Yasay, 23.

McLane blamed the latest incarnation of the Galloway Boys and Malvern Crew gangs, whose previous ranks were devastated in 2004 and early 2005 after police targeted escalating gang warfare, drugs and guns.

On Thursday, reputed Galloway Boys member Nahom "Gifted" Tsegazab, 19, was also charged with two counts of second-degree murder, one attempted murder, plus 22 aggravated assaults.

Tsegazab was in custody after being charged July 19 with reckless discharge of a firearm in the shootings.

Accused Malvern Crew member Shaquan Mesquito was the first to face related murder charges, about two weeks after the shootings.

Mesquito, 18, has been in custody since July 27 when police arrested him after seizing a loaded .22-calibre revolver.

While forensic evidence gleaned from projectiles were recovered by police from buildings, trees, lawns and victims, detectives are withholding information about how many weapons were involved.

But McLane told reporters: "I would say there were a minimum of four shooters."

A heavy-faced man whose composite drawing was recently released, "has now been identified" and was spoken to by investigators, he said. A second, scar-faced man known only as "Juvi" is still being sought for questioning as a "person of interest."

As for the investigation, McLane said: "I'm confident that we'll be moving forward in a positive manner.”

ian.robertson@sunmedia.ca


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