A 24-year-old man has been arrested on charges in connection with a gunshot wound Saturday night that left a five-year-old girl in critical condition, Toronto police said.
The man was one of the people injured in the shooting at one celebration for children’s birthday in the Rexdale neighborhood of Toronto in the northwest.
He has been identified as Demar Cadogan, 24, of Toronto. He has been charged with intentionally withdrawing a firearm along with three other charges related to possession of prohibited or regulated firearms without a license and registration certificate.
The shooting on Byng Avenue and Tandridge Crescent left three children with gunshot wounds by a five-year-old girl, a one-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy along with Cadogan.
The five-year-old girl is still in critical condition while the one-year-old and 11-year-old boys have been released from the hospital, police said.
Police have not revealed who allegedly shot Cadogan, or whether any of the bullets he allegedly fired hit the children. Investigators have not released any information so far on any other suspects.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and that anyone with information should contact Division 23 at 416-808-2300 or Crime Prevention at 416-222-8477.
Armed violence was exacerbated by a lack of support: lawyers
Gun violence in the city has dropped in 2021 compared to 2020, according to Toronto Police Statistics. As of June 20, 2021, Toronto had seen 164 shootings, 16 deaths and 64 gunshot wounds, out of 203 shots, 22 deaths and 69 injuries at the same time last year.
At the same time, lawyers say the nature of the violence has worsened over time and that chronic underfunding for communities like Rexdale contributes to the problem.
Jamaal Fyffe, deputy principal at Elms High School down the road from the shooting area, said the community needs more support from the city.
“We are completely devastated. We are concerned about the resources that are in this community, not just when tragedy strikes, but on an ongoing basis,” Fyffe said. For example, he said, local parks are very poorly maintained.
Fyffe said he could not speak yet if any of the children at the birthday party attended school. He and other staff members from the Toronto District School Board visited the community to provide support to affected families.
Marcell Wilson, co-founder of the One by One Movement, works directly with one of the affected families. One by One Movement consists of former gang members and ex-extremists working to prevent young people from taking the same path.
Wilson said they are doing what they can to bring community members to support families and eventually evict them from the area. The community has been underfunded and battling gang violence for years, he said, adding that it needs a better approach to support such as recreation centers.
“When we came here in 2019, we lobbied in every sector of government, we lobbied in the Toronto Community Housing, that this particular area needs special attention,” he said. “Unfortunately we have to see things like this happen to get the attention that is so much needed for this area.”
The nature of the violence has deteriorated: the former gang leader
Wilson added that the extreme and brazen nature of gun violence at a children’s birthday party is different from the past.
“As a former gang leader, in my time, this kind of violence would never happen,” he said.
“There was an old-school way of doing things,” he added. “No woman, no children. If you have a problem with someone, you came and dealt with that person specifically. In my time, if you were armed and the other person was not, you would cross your arm. [to someone else] and you would fight it. “What we are seeing now is kind of inexplicable.”
He said the One by One Movement works to identify risk factors for extreme acts of violence. Some factors that may explain the changing nature of violence are the role of social media in escalating confrontations that Wilson calls “power pursuits” and the rise of narcotics he did not have access to when he was young, he said.
Stillsht is still unknown if the shooting had anything to do with the gangs, but Wilson said he believes it is unlikely, based in the area.
The families he spoke to desperately want to dedicate themselves to the needs of the community, he said.
“They are terrified, they are traumatized, they want help, they want resources. They want things to change here and they have wanted it for a while,” he said.
“This is a problem we, not a problem of the marginalized community, this is not a Black problem. This is a Torontonian problem. Help us and help these people.”
Fatal murder, on Monday
The weekend saw another shot in the early hours of Monday when a man in his 20s was killed on the northwest edge of Toronto.
Police said they were called to the Clearview Heights and Trethewey Drive area to find the man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was discovered just steps away from the place where 32-year-old Brendon Kirk Daley was shot last week. Daley died June 13 in the same area while attending a party.
What Are The Main Benefits Of Comparing Car Insurance Quotes Online
LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / June 24, 2020, / Compare-autoinsurance.Org has launched a new blog post that presents the main benefits of comparing multiple car insurance quotes. For more info and free online quotes, please visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/the-advantages-of-comparing-prices-with-car-insurance-quotes-online/ The modern society has numerous technological advantages. One important advantage is the speed at which information is sent and received. With the help of the internet, the shopping habits of many persons have drastically changed. The car insurance industry hasn't remained untouched by these changes. On the internet, drivers can compare insurance prices and find out which sellers have the best offers. View photos The advantages of comparing online car insurance quotes are the following: Online quotes can be obtained from anywhere and at any time. Unlike physical insurance agencies, websites don't have a specific schedule and they are available at any time. Drivers that have busy working schedules, can compare quotes from anywhere and at any time, even at midnight. Multiple choices. Almost all insurance providers, no matter if they are well-known brands or just local insurers, have an online presence. Online quotes will allow policyholders the chance to discover multiple insurance companies and check their prices. Drivers are no longer required to get quotes from just a few known insurance companies. Also, local and regional insurers can provide lower insurance rates for the same services. Accurate insurance estimates. Online quotes can only be accurate if the customers provide accurate and real info about their car models and driving history. Lying about past driving incidents can make the price estimates to be lower, but when dealing with an insurance company lying to them is useless. Usually, insurance companies will do research about a potential customer before granting him coverage. Online quotes can be sorted easily. Although drivers are recommended to not choose a policy just based on its price, drivers can easily sort quotes by insurance price. Using brokerage websites will allow drivers to get quotes from multiple insurers, thus making the comparison faster and easier. For additional info, money-saving tips, and free car insurance quotes, visit https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ Compare-autoinsurance.Org is an online provider of life, home, health, and auto insurance quotes. This website is unique because it does not simply stick to one kind of insurance provider, but brings the clients the best deals from many different online insurance carriers. In this way, clients have access to offers from multiple carriers all in one place: this website. On this site, customers have access to quotes for insurance plans from various agencies, such as local or nationwide agencies, brand names insurance companies, etc. "Online quotes can easily help drivers obtain better car insurance deals. All they have to do is to complete an online form with accurate and real info, then compare prices", said Russell Rabichev, Marketing Director of Internet Marketing Company. CONTACT: Company Name: Internet Marketing CompanyPerson for contact Name: Gurgu CPhone Number: (818) 359-3898Email: [email protected]: https://compare-autoinsurance.Org/ SOURCE: Compare-autoinsurance.Org View source version on accesswire.Com:https://www.Accesswire.Com/595055/What-Are-The-Main-Benefits-Of-Comparing-Car-Insurance-Quotes-Online View photos
to request, modification Contact us at Here or [email protected]