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Suspect in Toronto playground shooting to plead not guilty, lawyer says

Last Updated Jun 22, 2018 at 9:07 am EDT

Sheldon Eriya, 21, is facing seven charges in connection with a shooting at a playground on Alton Towers Circle in Toronto on June 14, 2018. He was arrested the next day. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

The man charged with attempted murder after two young sisters were shot at a Toronto playground will plead not guilty, according to his lawyer.

Sheldon Eriya, 21, of Markham is facing seven charges including two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, discharging a firearm, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, and possession of proceeds of crime.

The two girls, aged five and nine, were shot while they were at a playground at Alton Towers Circle, near McCowan Road and McNicoll Avenue last Thursday afternoon.

When asked if Eriya was the getaway driver, his lawyer Lenny Hochberg said “anything is possible.”

The court documents, obtained by CityNews, says “Sheldon Eriya did attempt to murder Clinton Mcdonald.”

Toronto police Stg. Jim Gotell won’t comment on Mcdonald, but does confirm there was an “intended victim at the park” and “that person fled the park after the shooting.”

Two other men are currently wanted by police. Terrick Rhoden and T’Quan Robertson, both 23-year-old Toronto residents, are each wanted for charges including discharging a firearm with intent, attempted murder, and two counts of aggravated assault.

Police said both men are considered armed and, if seen, should not be approached.

“We know who they are. The public knows who they are,” Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said Thursday.

“My advice would be to grab a lawyer and turn yourself in. It’s only a matter of time. I’m not concerned that they will be out for a long, long period of time. They will be apprehended. They’re not sophisticated.”


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