Police have charged a man with two counts of first degree murder in the July shooting on Danzig Street, which left two people dead and 23 wounded, investigators announced Thursday, Nov. 8.
Shaquan “Bam Bam” Mesquito, 18, was charged Wednesday, Nov. 7. He has been in custody since July on charges for uttering threats the day before the July 17 neighbourhood barbecue on Danzig Street in the Morningside and Lawrence avenues area.
In addition to first degree murder charges, Mesquito was also charged Wednesday with one count of attempted murder, 24 charges of aggravated assault and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm.
Police are looking to identify two persons of interest in the shooting and have released composite sketches, Homicide Squad St. Insp. Greg McLane said during the investigation update at police headquarters.
The bloodshed was a result of one gang seeking revenge on another, McLane said.
Among the 100 to 150 attendees of the neighbourhood party were members of the Galloway Boys, a Scarborough street gang, he said. A member of rival gang Malvern Crew showed up and was not allowed entrance into the barbecue.
The Malvern Crew member left, only to return his with associates, McLane said. The violent confrontation between the two gangs left Shyanne Charles, 14, of Scarborough, and Joshua Yasay, 23, of Ajax, dead and wounded 23 others.
McLane said investigators need help identifying the people who were responsible for checking for guns at the barbecue, along with those who turned away the Malvern Crew member and the member’s identity.
While police don’t yet know the number of shooters that night, they are confident more murder charges will be laid, McLane said.
“We believe (Mesquito) came to the barbecue with the sole purpose of discharging a firearm causing death,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Sgt. Peter Trimble at 416−808−7394, Det. Sgt. Graham Gibson at 416−808−7405 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−8477.