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Outlaws with guns.  Whoda thunk it?

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Clearly a ban on improvised weapons is in order. Or maybe bicycles.... why would anyone need a bicycle:

April 26, 2019
Winnipeg, Manitoba 
 

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Numbers show the use of these improvised guns in Winnipeg is on the rise. (File image)


A homemade danger in Winnipeg is growing.

Winnipeg police say a suspect entered a Notre Dame Avenue restaurant and lounge Thursday night and headed towards the counter. He then allegedly pointed a firearm at an employee and demanded money.

Insp. Max Waddell say the weapon used in the alleged robbery was an improvised gun.

"It's no different than using a real firearm,” said Waddell

Waddell said in a lot of cases the firearms are made from bicycle parts and springs, which is a contributing factor to the increase in bike thefts tied in with the meth crisis.

"One common theme that were seeing in the city of Winnipeg right now is the use of parts from bicycles and that goes hand in hand with the methamphetamine trade. It’s used as a commodity to be bought and sold,” said Waddell

It's not just bike parts.

Two years ago police showed off a collection of improvised firearms using various items including a cane and a broom handle.

Numbers show the use of these improvised guns in Winnipeg is on the rise. In 2016 police seized three weapons, in 2017 they seized six and in 2018 it was over 60.

Waddell said while they're not made of real gun parts the bullets are real and they can have the same impact as a legitimate firearm.

"I can tell you a number of these improvised firearms have been used in significant and serious incidents in the city over the past year meaning 2018,” said Waddell

As for the suspect in the alleged robbery, police say patrons in the restaurant approached him from behind, disarmed him and held him until officers arrived.

52-year-old Eric John Lecoy has been charged with robbery as well as a number of other offences. He is in custody.

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More dumb criminals......speeding in the middle of the night and you have illegal stuff on board.....I get it .... WE BAD!!

“Leeds County Ontario Provincial Police officers seized two loaded handguns while arresting four people early Wednesday morning.

Police stopped a westbound vehicle allegedly travelling at almost twice the posted speed limit on Highway 401, in Leeds and the Thousand Islands, at about 2:10 a.m. There was cannabis readily available to the driver, said police.

Officers reportedly located and seized two loaded handguns.

All four occupants of the vehicle were charged with two counts of possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, possession of prohibited or restricted firearm/ammunition, carrying a concealed weapon, and being the occupant of a vehicle knowing there was a firearm, as well as one count of possession of more than 30 grams of dried cannabis in a public place.

Cathy Orestil, 21, of Montreal, was also charged with two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm and one count of the Highway Traffic Act offence of stunt driving.

Steven Brice Pierre, 20, of Montreal, faces two counts of knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order and failing to comply with a probation order.

Kevin Raminaraine, 19, of Terrebonne, Quebec was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order, knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm and failing to comply with a recognizance, as well as one count of possession of break-in instruments.”

 

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1 hour ago, deicer said:

Toronto's gun buy back program seems to be a success.

Only to those who don't understand the problem and can't envision a reasonable solution. 

I'm hoping it comes here too, I have a few duds I'd like to unload for 6 times their value; I only still have them because they are virtually worthless. The more you know about these things the more you despair.... the comment below is exactly right:

“What I see from that picture is someone that figured they could get $350 instead of $50-$150,” said Mark Morelli.

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-gun-buyback-screw-up

BTW, I'll be gone at the end of the month. Just wait 12 days and you will be able to post stuff like this with absolute impunity.

PS: The pictures in the article have actually been amended from the original as they fully supported the quote above... that alone is as telling as it is deceitful.

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GTA leads Canada in organized crime homicides, Statscan reveals in new gangland data

A clearer picture of the nation's criminal underworld emerged this week, as Statistics Canada released detailed data on organized crime for the first time in a decade.

There were 36 gang-related homicides in the GTA in 2018, Statistics Canada says

 
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Adam Carter · CBC News · Posted: Jul 28, 2019 5:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 5 hours ago
 
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York Regional Police said last week they have charged nine top members of an alleged organized crime group known as the Figliomeni Crime Family and seized more than $35 million in assets. These are the types of incidents that are now being reported in new organized crime data released this week by Statistics Canada. (York Regional Police/Twitter)

A clearer picture of the nation's criminal underworld emerged this week, as Statistics Canada released detailed data on organized crime for the first time in a decade.

Within the report were figures that show more murders linked to gang activity and traditional organized crime happened in the Greater Toronto Area last year than anywhere else in Canada.

Investigators say the new data is a boon for police as they try to figure out which criminal organizations to target. But the local homicide numbers also point to a region that's bucking a worldwide trend as its criminal organizations clash violently in a bid for power amidst increased instability, a leading expert says.

"It's unusual compared to the trend in many other countries," said Antonio Nicaso, a Mafia expert who teaches courses on organized crime at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.

"The tendency [elsewhere] is to use less violence and to adopt other strategies to deal with the proceeds of crime, and that's what we see around the world. We see criminal organizations are more business oriented than violent."

But in southern Ontario, these organizations are undeniably using deadly force. According to Statistics Canada, there were 36 gang-related homicides in the GTA in 2018 — a number that includes traditional Mafia, street gangs and other crime groups. That's the same number as the year before, and the most killings of this sort seen in the region stretching back to 1991.

Montreal came in second last year with 24 murders, and Vancouver was third with 20 — though when adjusting for population, Edmonton actually recorded the highest rate of gang-related homicides with 0.98 per 100,000 people, followed by Vancouver in second and then Toronto and Montreal tied for third.

 
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Pallbearers carry the coffin of reputed Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto following his funeral in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

Provincially, there were 51 homicides either linked to or suspected to be linked to organized crime or street gangs in 2018, Statistics Canada says, a rate that's been rising since 2014 and 2015. There were 21 such homicides in each of those years.

Couple those numbers with the attempt on the life of convicted mobster Pat Musitano in front of his lawyer's office in Mississauga in April — and a host of other mob activity nearby in Hamilton — and the picture of an unstable region becomes even clearer.

"When you fight over turf, that's what happens," Nicaso said.

He traces the surge in violence back to the 2013 death of reputed Montreal Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto.

"This is a moment of great instability in the sense that after the vacuum left by Rizzuto, there is an imbalance of power within traditional organized crime," he said.

Shootings, stabbings and beatings

As part of the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey, Statistics Canada is now highlighting the total number of incidents police services have reported between 2016 and 2018 that have been flagged as related to organized crime.  

"For the first time in a long time, we have actual data that we can publish," said analyst Warren Silver.

Statistics Canada found that 34 per cent of reported human trafficking incidents in the province last year were linked to organized crime, as well as 24 per cent of all murders, Silver said.

 
Mobster Pat Musitano was shot outside his lawyer's office in Mississauga earlier this year. (Yanjun Li/CBC)

According to the new data, the other offences most likely to be related to organized crime or gangs in Canada are laundering the proceeds of crime, smuggling and trafficking tobacco, cannabis and alcohol, and conspiracy to commit murder.

Statistics Canada says that nationwide, the vast majority of gangland murders are carried out via shootings. Last year, there were also 13 stabbings, nine beatings, and two deaths attributed to smoke inhalation and burns.

Jeff McGuire, the executive director of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, welcomed the new data.

"I think the statistics will enable our intelligence gathering organizations to develop the proper priorities," McGuire said.

Low levels of police reporting

Silver told CBC News that organizations have been pushing for this data, as it can inform both resourcing and policy decisions. So why did Statistics Canada go so long without publishing it?

The Uniform Crime Reporting Survey originally started including data on organized crime back in 2005, Silver said. Police services were able to flag that specific incidents were linked to crime organizations when reporting to Statistics Canada.

But, Silver said, the organization found it was getting consistently low numbers of flagged cases  — so in 2009, a joint decision between the federal agency and police services was made to suspend the collection and release of the data to improve the process.

Silver said it's difficult for police services to flag every incident that's linked to organized crime.

"It's much more labour intensive than just reporting a robbery to us," he said.

Though improved, the new data still doesn't paint a complete picture. Just over 81 per cent of the province's police forces sent data on organized crime to Statistics Canada last year, up from 78.2 per cent the year before.

Silver said the rest of the province's police services are working toward reporting as well, but until that happens, the picture remains incomplete.

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Garlic festival shooting: Three dead in Gilroy California

"People were running out, screaming and yelling"

Three people have been killed and 15 injured after a gunman attacked a food festival in California.

The gunman was shot dead by police shortly after he began firing, although police are investigating reports that a second suspect may still be at large.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival was about to end for the weekend on Sunday evening, when shots were fired at the site.

Six-year-old Stephen Romero is the first of the dead to be identified. His mother and grandmother were wounded.

His father, Alberto Romero, told Mercury News that he was at home with his nine-year-old daughter when he got the panicked call from his wife.

They had been playing in an inflatable bounce house at the time of the attack, she told him, when the boy was shot in the back.

A map showing key locations in the garlic festival shooting

"I couldn't believe what was happening, that what she was saying was a lie, that maybe I was dreaming," said Mr Romero.

"He was joyful, always wanted to play, always positive," he said, adding that the boy's mother has been placed in a medically induced coma after being shot in the stomach and her mother was being treated for a gunshot wound in the leg.

It was the 246th mass shooting in the US this year, according to US tracking website Gun Violence Archive.

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2 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Walmart in Mississippi

 
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — A gunman described as a disgruntled Walmart employee fatally shot two co-workers and wounded a police officer before he was shot and arrested Tuesday at a Walmart store in northern Mississippi, authorities said.

Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore said the man, whom he did not name, shot a Southaven police officer, who was protected by a bulletproof vest and suffered minor injuries. The chief said a second Southaven officer shot the suspect, who was then taken for surgery to a hospital in neighbouring Memphis, Tennessee.

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/2-dead-2-wounded-in-shooting-at-walmart-in-mississippi/ar-AAF4xYg?li=AAggFp5

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Police in El Paso are responding to an active shooting at a Walmart

Published 38 min agoUpdated Moments Ago
 
 
 
 
 
Key Points
  • Eighteen people were shot inside a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall, according to NBC News affiliate KTSM. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time, KTSM reported. 
  • El Paso police said they have reports of multiple shooters. 
  • Rep. Veronica Escobar and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke expressed sorrow at the news. 

Police are responding to an active shooting in El Paso, Texas.

Eighteen people were shot inside a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall, according to NBC News affiliate KTSM. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time, KTSM reported. 

El Paso police and multiple other law enforcement agencies were responding to the shooting, including the ATF and FBI. Law enforcement said the scene was still active. 

El Paso police said they have reports of multiple shooters

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Two in 14 hours, yet neither will be a 'terrorist' act.  Won't be long before the next civil war....

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/04/us/dayton-ohio-active-shooter/index.html

(CNN)Nine people are dead after a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, according to police. Dayton Police say the suspect also is dead. Sixteen other people were injured in the incident that took place within 13 hours of a shooting that left 20 dead in El Paso, Texas.

The Dayton shooting took place around 1 a.m. on East 5th Street in the city's Oregon district, a popular downtown area, Dayton Deputy Director and Assistant Chief of Police Lt. Col. Matt Carper told reporters early Sunday morning.
The suspect, who was shot and killed by responding officers, has not yet been identified. Carper said the shooter fired multiple rounds from a "long gun." The shooting happened as the suspect was making his way toward a bar called Ned Peppers, Montgomery County Emergency Services spokeswoman Deb Decker said.
The shooter wore body armor, Decker said.
 
 
No officers were injured in the confrontation, Carper said.
Mayor Nan Whaley said the shooter used a ".223 high-capacity" gun and had additional magazines with him. The .223 caliber is used in rifles like the AR-15 assault rifle used in previous mass shootings.
"In less than one minute, Dayton first responders neutralized the shooter," Whaley said.
Police believe the suspect acted alone and that there is no remaining threat to the community, but the investigation is ongoing, Carper said. The FBI is assisting with the investigation, Carper said. The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.
Though many people were killed or injured, Carper said that the incident was over quickly, because officers were already patrolling in the vicinity when the gunshots started.
"As bad as this is, it could have been much, much worse, as I think everyone will become aware of here as more information unfolds," Carper said.

Hospital respond to influx of wounded

Miami Valley Hospital communications department Terrea Little said the hospital received 16 victims from the shooting. She would not characterize the injuries.
Elizabeth Long, spokeswoman at Kettering Health Network, which operates several Dayton area hospitals including Kettering Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center told CNN that 13 people were taken to three of the network's hospitals, many with gunshot wounds to the "lower extremities."
At least one person was shot in the abdomen and at least two people were taken into surgery. She did not give an age range for the injured.
Miami Valley Hospital received 14 patients, plus two others across its health system, Dr. Randy Marriott said.
Most of the injuries were gunshot wounds, but there were others, like cuts received while people were fleeing the scene.
"At this point, we can say we've had one critical, 4 admitted, none have gone to surgery," Marriott said.
Most people arrived via ambulance or police car, but several others arrived on foot or by personal vehicle later, Marriott said.

Governor, mayor 'heartbroken'

Gov. Mike DeWine said in a statement he was "absolutely heartbroken" and ordering flags flown at half-staff.
DeWine said he had been briefed on the Dayton shooting by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. He said the Ohio State Highway Patrol has offered assistance to local law enforcement as they investigate what happened.
Whaley tweeted, "I'm heartbroken. Thank you to our first responders for all that you've done. We will share updates as we have more information."
Dayton Police previously said via Twitter that were "investigating an active shooter incident" in the city's Oregon district and asked residents to avoid the area. The Oregon district is a historic neighborhood with many bars and restaurants.

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and closer to home:

 
August 5, 2019 8:42 am
Updated: August 5, 2019 9:12 am

4 injured, 1 critically, after shooting at north-end Toronto nightclub

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Emergency crews were called to District 45 after 2 a.m. on Monday.

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Officials say a person is in life-threatening condition and three others have been injured after a shooting at a nightclub in Toronto‘s north end early Monday.

Toronto police said emergency crews were called to District 45 on Finch Avenue West, just east of Keele Street, after 2 a.m.

“We received several phone calls from patrons inside [the nightclub] for the sound of gunshots,” Duty Insp. Stacy Davis told reporters Monday morning.

READ MORE: St. Michael’s Hospital’s trauma team shows why seconds count for Toronto’s victims of violence

“We have located a scene at the back of the club. There are shell casings that have been located. We’re appealing to the public and witnesses inside the club to come forward to police with any information.”

Toronto Paramedics said three people were taken to hospital with injuries and a fourth person made their own way to hospital.

Davis said there are reports of an altercation inside the club, but officers haven’t released suspect information.

READ MORE: An in-depth look at how Toronto’s paramedics work to save victims of gun violence, trauma

“The patrons were filing out of the club. There were lots of people in distress — emotionally in distress. The officers were quickly able … to determine the fact that the suspects had fled,” she said.

Chief Mark Saunders is expected to speak about the shooting, as well as other shooting incidents over the long weekend, during a news conference at Toronto police headquarters Monday afternoon.

Saunders’ news conference comes a day after a man was shot and seriously injured at a Bridle Path home. Also, shots were fired outside of a Liberty Village nightclub but there were no reports of anyone with gunshot wounds.

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On 8/4/2019 at 8:09 AM, deicer said:

Two in 14 hours, yet neither will be a 'terrorist' act.  Won't be long before the next civil war....

Federal authorities are treating the El Paso mass shooting as a case of domestic terrorism, the US Attorney for the Western District of Texas

said Sunday.

 

 

https://apple.news/AMTfqSQKcR3G6CCeTiJW_Lw

 

 

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Lots of posts about what happened in the US this weekend but much closer to home for some of our members:

15 people shot during violent weekend in Toronto


CTVNews.ca's Josh Dehaas , with files from CTV Toronto and CP24
Published Monday, August 5, 2019 3:37PM EDT 
Last Updated Monday, August 5, 2019 7:48PM EDT
 

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders appealed for witnesses on Monday, after 13 people were struck by bullets during 11 different shooting incidents over the holiday weekend. Hours later, police said two more people were shot.

“This is not a normal weekend in the City of Toronto,” the chief told reporters, as he appealed for witnesses to call police at 416-808-3100 or contact Crime Stoppers.

Despite the violence spread across five different neighbourhoods, the chief said Toronto is safe for most people.

“Most of the shootings are occurring at nighttime and a lot of the places and some of the people that have been shot aren’t necessarily 9 to 5, wife and kids at home,” he said.

“If you’re kind of in that stratosphere, the odds of anything happening to you are very, very slim in this city,” he added.

The latest incident happened near the Yorkdale shopping centre in the city’s northwest side. Police said one victim was transported to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and a second victim was later found with non-serious injuries.

Earlier on Monday, at around 2:15 a.m., seven people were shot at a nightclub called District 45, also in the city’s northwest. About 100 people were present at the time.

One of the male victims had life-threatening injuries but he was later upgraded to non-life-threatening condition, according to police. The other victims had less serious injuries.

“We’ve got shell cases inside, shell cases outside,” Chief Saunders said. “We think this one is very solvable,” he added.

Hours later, at around 4:20 a.m., two people were sent to hospital following a shooting near Church and Adelaide Streets, near Toronto’s financial core. One of the male victims had life-threatening injuries and the other male victim was sent to hospital in serious condition, paramedics said.

Bullets also flew on Sunday in the Liberty Village area. There were reports of eight to 12 bullets unleashed in the dense residential neighbourhood at around 3:30 a.m. More shots were fired in the afternoon and a male victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

There was also a shooting at around 6 a.m. Sunday in the wealthy Bridle Path neighborhood at a home that had been rented on Airbnb. One male victim was sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries but his condition was later upgraded to non-life-threatening. Airbnb has suspended the listing.

Saturday was also violent day in the city’s northwest. Two people were injured by bullets Saturday afternoon near Dufferin Street and Lawrence Avenue West. One had serious injuries and the other had minor injuries.

Mayor John Tory released a statement once again calling for a ban on handguns in the city.

"This was always put forward as a part of the answer to gun violence together with changes to other laws affecting things like bail, additional support for police, and the paramount need for all three governments to invest together in kids, families and neighbourhoods," he said.

Shooting incidents in Toronto

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It occurs to me that I rarely hear any discussion about the root causes. It would be such a wonderfully simple fix if it was merely the existence of DJT or assault rifles. The solution would be quick, simple and offer lasting results. But it's not, it isn't and it won't. I view the following clip as a rare insight from an unlikely source.... 

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6068380147001/#sp=show-clips

Since political ideology is no longer predictive (and maybe never was), only dealing with root causes will win the day. Here you have shooters who appear to come from opposite sides of the tracks... the potential lessons learned here may be instructive and IMO, support the notion that chasing simple solutions is problematic at best:

 https://www.foxnews.com/us/dayton-gunman-anti-2nd-amendment-not-conservative-right-leaning-left-tweets-conner-betts-will-el-fakir

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Actually the total number of shootings is up to 14 for the weekend.......one word......Caribana.

The shooting at at the party in the Bridle Path has some interesting background. Just speculating but I’ll wager the house was purchased for Chinese money laundering for almost $15 mil. The non resident owners have been renting it out on Air bnb on a routine basis for the last 4 years. “Event planners” rent it, charge admission for the party and trash it,  and the neighbours suffer. This shooting occurred at 6 in the morning!!!!

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According to property listings website Zolo.ca, the Bridle Path home features at least six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, includes a home theatre and indoor pool, and is more than 5,000 square feet. It was sold on Aug. 27, 2014 for $14.2 million.

A listing on a hotel comparison website describes the address as a “luxury home” that showcases a sauna, an indoor pool, a private garden, and an elevator.

Physician Ghafouri says he and other neighbours have complained to the city over the last several years about noise coming from the home. 

“Sometimes we can’t sleep, so we just sit downstairs in the family room because the music is so loud, it goes till 3 a.m. or after. And my backyard sometimes reeks of marijuana,” he says. The city informed him that they were investigating, but so far there has been no action. 

Another resident, who didn’t wish to be named, says she has been complaining to the city for more than a year about noise and traffic emanating from the rental of the home.

“It’s scary when people come into your neighbourhood and they start trashing the place. Litter is a real problem.” 

 

 

The club shooting had a similar party theme:

 

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The group was attending a packed event when she says a group of men burst into the club around 2 a.m. and started shooting.

A leaflet found at the scene said admittance was $25 for the event called ‘Unforgettable: The Caribana Afrobeats Party,’ running from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

“The DJ said, ‘Security to the back, security to the back,’” said Jessica.

She and her friends said there was a volley of gunfire inside the club – and they saw a man on the floor.

 

 

There is a common theme here that is implicit with becoming a “world class” city....now you have world class problems.....it’s not going to magically go away, no matter what the mayor or the chief of police say.

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In BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia these would now be illegal.

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/bulletproof-backpack-is-in-demand

In these provinces, if you are a veteran of a UN operation and have a mannequin in your “man cave” dressed in desert CADPAT, a blue helmet and blue vest, with binoculars hanging around its neck, you are a criminal.

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Watched a CBC interview last night re:renewed call for a hand gun ban ... a former gang member was asked about it ... and predictably, he chuckled...total waste of time. The interviewer pressed the issue and was gobsmacked at the next answer to her question: If someone wanted to get a handgun (illegally) in Toronto, how long would it take??  About 2 hours, was the response.

Heres a typical occurence:

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Muhammad Raeese, 19 and a 17-year-old youth — both from Markham — are charged with numerous offences including attempted murder,  gun charges and bail offences.

Gangs ya think?? Punks driving a Lexus, the other a BMW.....nothing suspicious here.

 https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/firearm-charges#comments,

 

Meanwhile, on the knife and stabbing front..... 3 kids stab a guy, potentially with fatal consequences. I’m sure they promised not to do it again.

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Two 15-year-olds and a 17-year-old are charged with aggravated assault and possession of weapons dangerous.

They were released on a promise to appear and cannot be identified due to their ages.

 

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/three-teens-charged-in-stabbing-of-man-in-bowmanville

And in Brampton:

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/four-hurt-in-brampton-knife-fight

No crisis or calls for action on knives....

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Daily I read reports of stabbings and shootings across Canada. It is easy to see a trend linked to population centers, criminal involvement  and ethnicity of those who are involved.  Sad that this is happening and apparently there is no cure. 

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Not only guns.

Four dead and two injured in California stabbing rampage

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'It's just pure hate that this guy did this' - police don't know motive for stabbing spree.

A man is in custody after a stabbing and robbery spree that left four people dead and two injured across several crime scenes in Southern California.

Police told US media the violence appeared to be random, with the only known motives for the two-hour rampage as "robbery, hate, homicide".

"We know this guy was full of anger and he harmed a lot of people," said Garden Grove Police Lt Carl Whitney.

Authorities have not yet named the suspect, a 33-year-old male.

The attacks come just days after the country was shaken by a pair of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 people dead.

 

The stabbing spree took place across more than six locations over approximately two hours in Garden Grove and neighbouring Santa Ana, about 35 miles (56km) southeast of Los Angeles.

The suspect was armed with "two very large machete-type knives", Lt Whitney said at a news conference following the attacks. "He was very brutal when he attacked his victims."

The victims included two people at the suspect's apartment building, a 7-Eleven security guard and one person at a Subway restaurant.

The attacks began at around 16:00 PST (00:00 BST), when local police received a call from two people who reported their apartment robbed, US media report.

Another call came in shortly after, reporting a burglary at a bakery in Garden Grove.

From the bakery, police said, the suspect returned to his apartment complex nearby, where he fatally stabbed two people after an alleged altercation.

Around 18:00 PST, the suspect allegedly drove to a gas station where he attacked a man pumping gas, nearly severing the victim's nose off his face.

Detectives tracked the suspect's car to the parking lot of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Santa Ana. The man came out of the store shortly after, carrying a large knife and a gun he had taken from the 7-Eleven security guard.

Upon his arrest, police were informed the man allegedly had also killed a male employee of a nearby Subway restaurant.

Police say the suspect drove to a gas station where he attacked a man pumping gas, nearly severing the victim's nose off his face.Image copyright CBS Image caption Police say the suspect nearly severed a man's nose off his face as a gas station during the rampage

He also allegedly robbed an insurance business, where an employee was stabbed several times, as well as a cheque-cashing business.

"Multiple scenes going on at the same time," Lt Whitney said, according to CNN. "I've worked here for 30 years. This is the first time I've ever seen something like this where we have a suspect kill four people in one day and attack other people that are just innocent victims. It's pure evil."

The suspect was caught on surveillance cameras at several different locations.

"We have video showing him attacking these people and conducting these murders," Lt Whitney added.

The two people injured in the attacks are now in a stable condition.

Police said the crimes have "nothing to do" with race, noting that the suspect and most of the victims are Hispanic.

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