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2 men arrested in North York shooting that left 12-year-old boy critically injured

Last Updated Nov 12, 2020 at 12:43 pm EDT

Toronto police investigate a shooting that claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy on Nov. 7, 2020. CITYNEWS/Daniel Berry

Toronto police have arrested two men following a daylight shooting in North York that injured four people, including a 12-year-old boy that was out shopping with his mother at the time.

On Saturday afternoon, officers responded to a shooting near Stong Court, in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue West area.

Police said more than 30 rounds were fired at a moving vehicle and that two men and a 17-year-old boy from that vehicle were injured. The 12-year-old was walking in the area at the time when he was shot.

“By way of an intelligence-led investigation, the suspects were identified and arrested in a dynamic scene at Bay and Dundas last night [Monday] at around 5 p.m.,” Chief James Ramer said.

“Three loaded firearms were seized in the arrest.”

Ramer said the 12-year-old boy remains in life-threatening condition. Three other victims have since been released from hospital.

“We have arrested the individuals who are facing 28 charges, including the very serious charge of attempted murder,” Ramer said.

“We believe these two alleged shooters may have been involved a separate shooting incident last week, which also endangered the lives of many innocent people and that remains an active investigation.”

Ramer said the two suspects — identified as 24-year-old Rashawn Chambers from Toronto and 25-year-old Jahwayne Smart of no fixed address — were shopping in a Canadian Tire store on Bay and Dundas Street West when the arrest happened.

An update is expected to be provided on the 12-year-old’s condition in the coming days.