Det-Sgt. Brett Nicol told a news conference Tuesday that investigators have linked three killings and six shootings between Sept. 4, 2011 and Aug. 10, 2012 to the Galloway Boys gang.
Fourteen-year-old Shyanne Charles of Toronto and 23-year-old Joshua Yasay of Ajax were killed after gunmen opened fire at a block party on July 16 which was attended by about 200 people.
Twenty-three others were sent to hospital with gunshot wounds after what was called the worst mass shooting spree in Toronto’s history.<
Nicol says witnesses to the block party shooting have been reluctant to co-operate with police. Det.-Sgt. Peter Trimble added that people who were wounded have also been reluctant to co-operate with investigators.
Trimble said there were five or six shooters at the barbecue, and that the shootout stemmed from a confrontation between the Galloway Boys and a group from Malvern, a neighbourhood in east Toronto.
He said police have recovered firearms and shell casings but they need witnesses to come forward.
”We need people to stand up, testify against these people and that will result in a successful prosecution,” he said.
In a separate incident, D’Mitre Barnaby, 24, died of gunshot wounds on Dec. 30, 2011 in a shooting that Nicol said was a case of mistaken identity as Barnaby had no known gang affiliation.
The homicides all occurred in east-end Toronto in the area of Galloway Road, which is home to the Galloway Boys.
“The investigators believe that the conflict between the Galloway Boys and other neighbourhoods in the Scarborough area , in particular the Orton Park, is being fuelled by the Galloway Boys’ propensity for violence, their ability to obtain guns and their willingness to seek revenge” Nicol said.<
“We have some information that the shooters in these incidents are vying for the leadership within the Galloway Boys group.”<
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