Interim Police Chief Chris McCord gave a gripping account of the shooting incident in the Darcel Avenue area of Mississauga that happend around 6:15pm on Saturday evening. A 17-year-old male male victim died on the scene and has been identified as Jonathon Davis. Five additional victims with gunshot wounds are being treated in hospital. A disturbing video of the gunfire which lasted 12 minutes has now been posted on Instagram.
The injured include a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, two 17-year-old boys and a 50-year old woman. The victims are all in stable condition and their injuries are considered non-life-threatening. Peel Police credit the exceptional work done by Peel Regional Paramedics and the medical staff at hospitals that the victims were transported to.
A GoFundMe link has been setup by a friend of Jonathon Davis to help raise funds for the family.
“This brazen act of violence will not be tolerated. This incident appears to be a targeted attack and I’d like to reassure the community that their safety is the number one concern for me and for the men and women of Peel Regional Police. We have dedicated numerous resources to this investigation and will work diligently to locate the people responsible. If anyone has any information on this incident, I urge them to call our investigators or Crime Stoppers” said Chief Chris McCord.
Nicole Cedrone from Neighbourhood Watch Brampton says that “we need to end gun violence in Peel Region, especially when the victims are innocent young children waiting for an ice cream.” She adds that “this incident has motivated us to stand up for victims by advocating for witnesses to come forward and for the community to develop a fund that can support innocent victims.” Residents can help by visiting the EndGunViolence.ca webpage created today to support a fund for the Malton victims, and help support Peel Crime Stoppers.
As the incident took place, several families including children were at an ice cream truck that was parked in the complex. Investigators are looking for additional witnesses, including the operator of the ice cream truck.
The suspects in this incident were dressed in dark clothing and concealed their identities using a balaclava. The 17-year-old deceased victim was not the intended target in this incident nor were some of the injured. The investigation has revealed that there were in excess of 7 suspects and over 100 rounds fired during the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call investigators from the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau at (905) 453–2121, extension 3205. Anonymous information may also be submitted by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.