Mississauga shooting that left teen dead, 5 injured likely linked to music videos: police – Global News

Mississauga shooting that left teen dead, 5 injured likely linked to music videos: police - Global News
Teen killed, 5 others wounded in Mississauga shooting
Peel Regional Police say a “targeted,” brazen shooting at a Mississauga apartment complex that left a 17-year-old dead and five others injured is linked to music videos filmed at the property.

This was an ambush-type attack. The intended targets appeared to be a group preparing to film a rap video. The rap video that was shot at this location on an earlier date … has motivated this attack,” Chief Chris McCord told reporters Sunday afternoon.

"We would like to extend our condolences to the family," he said. "Our officers attended the scene and provide life-saving measures to try and help the young person.

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There is information within that rap video that is challenging other people within the community and thats whats upset them.

Emergency crews were called to an apartment complex on Darcel Avenue, near Goreway and Morning Star Drive, at 6:22 p.m. on Saturday with reports of a shooting near a parkette at one of the buildings.

McCord said at least seven suspects armed with mostly semi-automatic handguns came to the scene on foot, wearing dark-coloured clothing and some wearing balaclavas.

When asked if the shooting was targeted or gang-related, McCord said it is too early in the investigation to determine the motive.

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The attackers had complete disregard for public safety within our community … this was a targeted attack, he said, noting at least 100 bullets were fired by the suspects.

When officers arrived at the parkette, they found the teen boy suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Peel paramedics tried to save his life, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released. Next of kin have been notified.

McCord said many families were out enjoying the evening, adding that several people were lined up to buy treats from an ice cream truck.

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Those parents and children fled in the hail of bullets as they were fired into the complex,” he said.

He said the shooting occurred as people in the parkette were setting up to shoot a music video and an ice cream truck was parked nearby. McCord said police would like to speak to the ice cream truck driver.

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“Our investigation leads us to believe that the young man who died last night was actually an innocent victim caught up in this indiscriminate attack,” McCord said at a news conference near the scene.

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“This is very brazen … [the suspects] had no regard for any of the innocent people that were gathered in here last night.”

I am a mother and I was just crushed to hear that there are individuals marring a beautiful evening by executing senseless violent crimes with semi-automatic weapons, she said. My heart goes out to the family of this innocent victim, now deceased, who by all accounts was outstanding young man who lived here in the complex. It is just a senseless event.

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The 17-year-old who died at the scene lived in the complex. McCord said the teen, who friends have identified as Jonathan Davis, doesn’t appear to be an intended target in the shooting.

This was very brazen. It was a beautiful evening. There was an ice cream truck here and there were families lined up outside the ice cream truck and then they (the suspects) came in and just indiscriminately opened fire with no regard for any of the innocent people gathered here, he said.

Our investigation leads us to believe that the young man who died last night was actually an innocent victim caught up in this indiscriminate attack,” he said.

Im deeply shocked & saddened to hear of this senseless gun violence in our city, its unacceptable. Im committed to ensuring Mississauga remains one of the safest cities by helping to get illegal guns off our streets. My thoughts remain with the young victims & their families.

Five people were taken to hospital Saturday evening with various injuries. All but one of the victims were still in hospital as of Sunday afternoon. Four of the injured victims are between 13 and 17 years old. A 50-year-old woman also sustained serious injuries.

He said that it appears as though the suspects covertly approached the side of the apartment building and then made their way along the side of the building before getting into position and indiscriminately opening fire on those shooting the video in the park behind the building.

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He said officers haven’t identified those involved in making the video as of yet, noting many people took off from the scene.

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Meanwhile, he said police will remain at the scene for some time as officers gather evidence and to provide additional security.

This was very brazen. It was a beautiful evening. There was an ice cream truck here and there were families lined up outside the ice cream truck and then they (the suspects) came in and just indiscriminately opened fire with no regard for any of the innocent people gathered here, he said.

We have never witnessed anything like this in Mississauga or in this neighbourhood. This is not common within the city of Mississauga,” McCord said.

“This still remains one of the safest cities in Canada and will continue to remain so because we will make sure it is.

We believe their (the suspects) motive for coming here was to target those individuals shooting the rap video. There just happened to be a lot of people outside – it was a nice night last night – and they became victims caught up in this attack, he said.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie attended the scene with McCord and said she was “shocked” and “saddened” by Saturday’s incident.

"This was an ambush-type attack. The intended targets appeared to be a group preparing to film a rap video. The rap video that was shot at this location on an earlier date — and we're still trying to establish when that video was shot here — has motivated this attack."

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Im a mother, as you know. Im the mayor. I was crushed to hear that there were individuals in our community, in our neighbourhoods, marring a beautiful evening with senseless—executing senseless violent crimes with semi-automatic weapons,” she said.

Crombie, on the verge of tears when she spoke, said Mississauga needs its share of provincial funding to combat guns and gangs. The city of Toronto has been given money to deal with its gun violence problem and Mississauga needs financial support too, she added.

Crombie said she hasn’t spoken with the family of the teen who died yet, but added that “by all accounts, he was an outstanding young man.”

McCord said all of shooters were dressed in dark clothing and some were wearing balaclavas to conceal their identities. They covertly approached the parkette on foot by the side of the building, and once in position, opened fire, he said. They fled on foot.

She called for increased guns and gangs funding from the provincial government — similar to money given to the City of Toronto.

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We know that this type of activity has no boundaries. They dont respect city boundaries,” she said.

I am a mother and I was just crushed to hear that there are individuals marring a beautiful evening by executing senseless violent crimes with semi-automatic weapons, she said. My heart goes out to the family of this innocent victim, now deceased, who by all accounts was outstanding young man who lived here in the complex. It is just a senseless event.

Crombie also called for the restoration of the community policing station at Westwood Mall in Malton, located a short distance away from the scene. She said the funding for the station, and others like it, was cut by the former police chief and police board members.

This was very brazen. It was a beautiful evening. There was an ice cream truck here and there were families lined up outside the ice cream truck and then they (the suspects) came in and just indiscriminately opened fire with no regard for any of the innocent people gathered here, he said.

Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones issued a statement on Sunday in response to the shooting. She said the government is working “urgently” with police and lawyers “to stop gun violence from shattering more lives.”

Im deeply shocked & saddened to hear of this senseless gun violence in our city, its unacceptable. Im committed to ensuring Mississauga remains one of the safest cities by helping to get illegal guns off our streets. My thoughts remain with the young victims & their families.

“We are deeply saddened and outraged by the senseless violence that has left families and communities grieving needlessly,” she wrote.

“Our government recently doubled down on its commitment to stop the gun and gang violence that is preying on young people and threatening the well-being of law-abiding citizens in communities across Ontario. Our message is clear: the violence must end now.”

"We would like to extend our condolences to the family," he said. "Our officers attended the scene and provide life-saving measures to try and help the young person.

Jones said the provincial and federal governments are funding a multi-million-dollar plan that will fund, in part, an “intensive firearm bail team” aimed at supporting court-related hearing for those charged with gun-related offences in Peel Region. She also said a guns and gangs fund will support “projects with police and justice partners in Peel region and across the GTA.”

Meanwhile, McCord appealed for the driver of the ice cream truck and others present who haven’t spoken with police yet to contact investigators or Crime Stoppers anonymously. He also appealed for people in the area at the time of the attack to come forward with home surveillance or vehicle dash-cam video.

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McCord said there is a large scene due to numerous shell casings found in the area. Police have also located vehicles that have bullet holes.

A 17-year-old boy is dead and five others were wounded after gunfire erupted in Mississauga on Saturday evening, Peel Regional Police say.

McCord said the “ambush-type” attack was targeted at a group filming a rap video in the area and some of the victims were innocent bystanders. He added that the victims are not directly related but it is possible that they know each other. It’s unclear if they are all from Mississauga or live in the complex.

Speaking to reporters from the scene Saturday night, Chief Chris McCord said among those injured are a 13-year-old, a 16-year-old, two 17-year-olds and a woman in her 50s. One of those victims is in life-threatening condition, while the others are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, McCord said. 

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Police are now searching for what they believe are "multiple individuals armed with semi-automatic weapons," who fled from the area after the shooting.

"There is a concern for public safety," McCord said, though he added police have combed the area and don't have reason to believe the suspects will return. 

Investigators are looking to speak with the driver of an ice cream truck that was parked in the complex, where families with children were gathered at the time of the attack. As the events unfolded, the truck left the scene and police are asking the driver to identify themselves to aid in the investigation.

Peel Regional Police were called to an apartment building on Darcel Avenue near Morning Star Drive and Goreway Drive at 6:22 p.m. ET. Multiple vehicles with bullet holes could be seen in the area.

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Investigators believe the shooting took place at a parkette behind the building. McCord told reporters that investigators have information that a music video was being filmed behind the building, but it's unknown if the shooting was related to that filming in any way.

There was a heavy police presence in the area for much of the evening as officers combed through the building to rule out any other victims or possible suspects.

"It is a large scene and a very dynamic investigation," police spokesperson Iryna Yashnyk told reporters earlier in the evening.

Police had several units in the area Saturday night, including tactical and K9 teams. Investigators spoke with several witnesses and are canvassing for video.

Police are working on notifying the victim's next of kin and say the homicide bureau has been notified. 

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