Man charged with uttering threats prior to Toronto mass shooting
Neighbours who live near the location of the Danzig Street shooting watch as police walk by on July 17, the day after the shooting.
An 18-year-old has been charged with threatening to harm residents living on a northeast Toronto street prior to a public shooting that killed two people and injured 23.
Toronto police Const. Wendy Drummond said the man allegedly made threats on the street the same day that gunfire erupted July 16 at the Danzig Street block party.
Drummond said police have no current information placing the man at the scene of the shooting, or connecting a gun allegedly seized during his arrest with the block party incident.
Shaquan Mesquito faces charges of threatening to cause serious bodily harm.
Prior to Wednesday, police had announced only a single arrest in connection with the violence at the street party.
Nahom Tsegazab, 19, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm after his arrest last month. He did not face charges in connection with the two people killed on Danzig Street.
Police have made repeated appeals in the wake of the shooting for members of the public to provide tips about guns and the people that have them.
In a number of recent gun seizures, police have claimed that public co-operation was a factor in getting the weapons off the street.
According to preliminary statistics posted on the police website,Toronto has seen a rise in shootings this year compared to 2011.
As of Wednesday morning, there had been 156 shootings recorded by police since the start of the year.
That’s a 24.8 per cent increase over the number of shootings reported at the same time last year, but slightly fewer than the number reported at the same point in 2009.