At about 5 p.m. on June 14, as many as 16 kids were gathered at a playground on Alton Towers Circle when two men allegedly fired as many as 10 shots at a man in the area and then fled with the help of a getaway driver, police said at the time.
A fourth man, T'Quan Robertson, is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for several charges including attempted murder and assault. He is described as 5'8", 130 lbs, and is considered armed and dangerous by police.
A five year-old girl was struck in the abdomen and her nine-year-old sister was struck in the lower leg, infuriating not only her mother but sparking outrage throughout the city.
Charges laid against alleged target of Toronto playground shooting that injured 2 young girls who were bystanders
Their mother, Stacey King, told CTV News Toronto last week that although the girls have physically recovered from the incident, they are traumatized.
One of the three suspects in the shooting, 21-year-old Sheldon Eriya, was arrested in Pickering the day after the shooting, while a second suspect, 23-year-old Tarrick Rhoden, was arrested by the OPP in Algonquin Highlands on Aug. 22.
On Friday, police say they searched a home in the Eglinton Avenue East and McCowan Road area and located the target of the playground shooting, 26-year-old Clinton McDonald.
Two girls, aged five and nine, were wounded after the gunman approached the small park, south of McCowan Road and Steeles Avenue E., on foot and fired seven shots before fleeing.
Officers allegedly found unknown quantities of cocaine and heroin, along with ten rounds of rifle ammunition and a loaded 9mm handgun with one magazine.
McDonald was charged with 16 offences including careless storage of a firearm, possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking, possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking and careless storage of ammunition.
Toronto police have arrested a third man in connection with a playground shooting in Scarborough that injured two young girls.
Police say they executed a search warrant on Friday morning at a home in the Eglinton Avenue and McCowan Road area. Police say their search uncovered a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, various rounds of ammunition and quantities of crack cocaine and heroin.
Clinton McDonald. 26, of Toronto is facing a total of 16 charges including unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
We have to have more mentorship programs, we have to have more resources, we have to have more jobs for youth, we have to have more trades for them, she said. For (people) to say they want more cops, this is not going to put a stop to it.
There were about 11 children playing in a park at Alton Towers Circle, near McCowan Road and McNicoll Avenue on June 14 when as many as 10 shots were fired into the playground, striking two sisters.
The two injured girls underwent several surgeries. The five-year-old was shot in her abdomen while the nine-year-old was shot above her ankle. Their mother says the girls are still traumatized by the experience.
About a month after the playground incident, the girls’ mother spoke out, calling for better education and community support programs, not increased police presence, to curb gun violence in the city.
Toronto must reduce the number of young people who turn to crime, Stacey King said at a meeting of the city’s board of health where ongoing research into community violence was being discussed.
She suggested children should be taught about issues that lie at the root of gun violence, including bullying and mental health.
Tarrick Rhoden, 23, of no fixed address, is facing multiple charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, and multiple firearm offences.
Sheldon Eriya, 21, of Markham was arrested days after the shooting and is facing seven charges including two counts of attempted murder. His lawyer has said he will plead not guilty to the charges.
A Canada-wide warrant remains in place for TQuan Robertson, 23, of Toronto. He is wanted for attempted murder, aggravated assault and discharging a firearm with intent. Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report
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