Fourth person charged in Toronto's worst mass shooting

Homicide Squad Staff Insp.Greg McLane updates the media at Toronto Police Service Headquarters in Toronto.

Credits: Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency


TORONTO -- A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the city's worst mass shooting.

Toronto Police say the teen, the fourth person charged in relation to the July 16 shootout in the city's east end that left two dead and nearly two dozen others hurt, was charged Tuesday.

"Obviously we're quite happy with the results of our investigation so far," Staff-Insp. Greg McLane said after revealing the latest charges. "But there's still a lot of work to be done," the homicide unit commander added.

Unlike the previous three accused in the shooting, the boy is not facing a murder rap.

The teen, who can't be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, unauthorized possession of a restricted weapon, using a firearm to commit indictable offence, and threatening death.

"At this point there is insufficient information to suggest he actually shot at anyone," McLane explained.

Upwards of 150 people were sent running for their lives when the shootout erupted during an outdoor party at a townhouse complex in Toronto's east end.

Shyanne Charles, 14, and Joshua Yasay, 23, were killed and 23 others were wounded, including a toddler.

Investigators suspect as many as four gunmen, possibly more, were involved in the melee, which was allegedly a battle between notorious street gangs the Malvern Crew and the Galloway Boys.
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