Selma Alincy, a family friend of Davis's mother, said the bullets came so fast that "everyone who heard it thought it was fireworks."
The shooting happened at Darcel Avenue near Morning Star Drive just before 6:30 p.m. Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord says it was an “ambush-type” attack, reports Durham Radio News. The suspects were dressed in dark clothing and ski masks. McCord says they discreetly approached on foot from the side of a building. Once in position, they indiscriminately fired into the parkette area with semi-automatic handguns and then fled on foot.
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Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord described families running from a "hail of bullets," with more than 100 shell casings recovered at the scene.
Five others were injured, and Davis, who police say was an innocent bystander, was killed steps away from his home.
"He went inside to change his shoes, and he did not even make it back to his apartment," Alincy said.
Police have so far not made any arrests or recovered any weapons. No suspect descriptions have been released.
Alincy spoke with CBC's Metro Morning on Monday about what she saw and heard on Saturday evening, beginning with a panicked phone call from Davis's mother.
"She was just hysterical on the phone," said Alincy. "She kept on saying his name."
Investigators believe the intended targets were a group of people preparing to film a rap video outside the building in Mississauga, Ont., but the ambush-type attack claimed the life of a 17-year-old boy who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, said Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord.
Unsure what was happening, Alincy raced to the scene from her home a few minutes away, arriving to see police tape and officers.
"So I ran through the front toward the back of the building, and when I got there, I saw Jonathan laying on the ground… a few doors from where he lives," she said.
The federal government has earmarked $54 million for Ontario over three years to combat illegal gun and gang activity, with the funds earmarked for specialized prosecutors, policing projects and intelligence-gathering efforts in jails.
"I said. 'No, he's not, they're working on him,"' she said. "When I saw them take the cloth and put it over his body, that's when I knew that he had passed."
Alincy was holding Davis's father. When his mother arrived, she collapsed in her arms as well.
Alincy described Davis as quiet and intelligent — an honour roll student who loved video games and helped his father navigate the world as he lost his vision.
McCord said Sunday that the intended targets of the shooting were preparing to film a rap video at the time of the shooting, but Alincy said Davis was not involved at all.
That plan was mostly released last year. It will form part of the Conservatives broader election platform. Among other things, it promises that known gang members wont be allowed to post bail if arrested (a measure certain to be challenged on constitutional grounds) and bring in longer sentences for gang-related offences.
In the neighbourhood where Davis lived, grief over his death is coupled with fear of more violence.
"I have a young son, and I'm telling him, after school come straight home," said Alincy. "I'm afraid."
In the building's lobby, a makeshift memorial has sprung up, with flowers, cards and food and water.
Marjorie Judham, an elderly woman who lives in the same complex, said Sunday that she didn't feel up to going to church.
Students at the school Davis attended are being offered additional supports as they grapple with the death of one of their own.
“His father is almost blind, so he was his fathers right hand. He would go with his father on jobs before he was blind … [Jonathan] stayed with him sometimes when he needed someone to stay with him,” she recalled, adding Davis was a role model for his three- and 14-year-old sisters.
Members of the Peel District School Board's Critical Incident Response Team will be at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School today to support staff and students.
Pastor Delroy Sherman, a local community leader, told Metro Morning he hasn't been sleeping since.
"Over the last number of years, I've been burying youths in this age bracket, and it's very sad," he told Metro Morning.
"There are solutions to this gun violence… if the government would listen to us," Sherman said, citing a summer basketball competition that was started in the community to keep young people busy.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said the incident was "a call for us to let us know that we can and should do more."
Federal party leaders, on the campaign trail in Ontario over the weekend, all commented as well, each suggesting different root causes for what's become an increasingly severe problem in the GTA.
Kate McGillivray is a jill-of-all-trades at CBC Toronto, working as a reporter in the field and on the digital desk. Originally from west-end Toronto, she began her reporting career in Montreal and Sherbrooke, Quebec and is now thrilled to be home. She likes going places and meeting people.
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