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3 suspects charged, 1 person of interest wanted after shooting at Toronto Raptors rally

Last Updated Jun 20, 2019 at 2:35 pm EDT

Summary

"You can't have two million people in that same space and say nobody saw anything," Saunders said.


The person of interest is as a male with a heavy build, around five-foot-nine, brown hair and wearing a white shirt.


Police are still looking for a third firearm.


Toronto police have charged three men and are looking for a fourth, a person of interest, after Monday’s shooting that sent dozens scurrying for cover during a celebration for the Raptors’ historic NBA win. They are also looking for a third gun in connection with the incident.

Police Chief Mark Saunders said three people were arrested and charged with firearm-related offences following the incident, which sent four to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Police had recovered two guns related to the shooting but Saunders explained that those guns do not match the one that was discharged based on the casings found at the scene. Police are still looking for a third firearm, the one they say was used to shoot at the event.

The person police are looking for is described as a male with a heavy build, around five-foot-nine, short brown hair and wearing a white button-down shirt.

The three suspects arrested have been identified along with the charges they are facing.

Shaquille Anthony Miller, 25, of Toronto is facing five weapons charges, assault of a peace officer while carrying a weapon and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order. Police allege he was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest.

Thaino Toussaint, 20, of Toronto is also facing five weapons charges, along with two counts of possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking and possessing proceeds of crime. It’s alleged he was also carrying a handgun at the time of his arrest.

Abdikarim Kerow, 18, of Toronto is facing a total of 17 drug and weapons charges related to a prior warrant for his arrest.

“Our hope is to get everybody that was involved in this incident to bring them before the judicial system, so we are not near where we want to be right now,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“We are looking for a firearm that we know was definitely shot at that location.”

The incident happened at 3:45 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square, where over a million people had been waiting for hours to greet the new NBA champions at the end of a victory parade.

“We saw the best of our city and then there was a scary moment where police acted immediately to deal with.”

The team and a several dignitaries, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, were on stage when the sound of gunfire rang out.

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Eye witnesses said word of the shooting sent a section of the crowd into a stampede, with people screaming and hiding in nearby bushes. They say children in strollers were bowled over as frantic parents tried to shield them. Some in the crowd said they hadn’t heard any shots but rushed from the area as others panicked.

“We are looking for a firearm that we know was definitely shot at that location.”

The three suspects were arrested moments after the shooting.

One suspect was arrested on the south side of Queen Street by Albert Street. Several officers reportedly immobilized the suspect and seized a pistol.

Two other suspects were also arrested and a second firearm was recovered.

On Tuesday, Toronto Mayor John Tory thanked first responders for their swift actions following the shooting.

“We saw millions of people come out to celebrate our team and the championship,” he said. “We saw the best of our city and then there was a scary moment where police acted immediately to deal with.”

Saunders urged witnesses or anyone else with information on the shooting to come forward.

“You can’t have two million people in that same space and say nobody saw anything,” he said.

CORRECTION, June 20, 2019: This story previously called the person of interest a suspect. Toronto Police say he’s a person of interest.