03/17/2016 13:04 EDT | Updated 03/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Man found guilty of second-degree murder in deadly Toronto community shooting

TORONTO — A 21-year-old man accused of starting a deadly shootout that sparked panic at a July 2012 community barbecue in Toronto has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

Two people were killed and 22 others were injured in the Danzig Street shooting as rival gang members fired shots at each other.

The man who was found guilty on Thursday was 17 at the time of the shooting and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Two other men pleaded guilty to various charges in the shooting and are serving prison sentences.

The shooting — which Toronto police called an "unprecedented'' episode of violence — stunned the city and rocked the east-end community where it took place.

Police said the shooting was triggered when members of the Galloway Boys, a local street gang who allegedly "took ownership'' of the neighbourhood barbecue, turned away a member of the Malvern crew, a rival gang.

The bullets that sprayed into the crowd killed a 14-year-old girl, Shyanne Charles, and a 23-year-old man, Joshua Yasay.







The Canadian Press