Gun Dispute in Scarborough

Police have arrested two men in connection with a shooting incident in the area on Oct. 12.

A gun call brought 42 division officers to the Morningside Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East area after midnight.

Det. Sgt. Sean Brosnan of 42 Division said that it started as a dispute amongst two groups of people and escalated into a high-risk takedown.

“Disputes like this happen quite often,” Brosnan said. “It is a pretty straightforward case, and I can honestly say I am not surprised by this.”

One group of men were in a Dodge Caravan and the second group were in a Honda. The Honda’s occupants smashed the rear right side window of the Caravan. The van then drove onto Sheppard Avenue East with the Honda following closely behind.

To retaliate, a passenger of the van opened the rear sliding door and pointed a handgun at the Honda’s occupants.

The driver of the Honda then pulled to the side of the road and immediately called the police in fear of their lives.

“No one was hurt,” Brosnan said. “But if those men did not call police, circumstances could have been very different.”

Police found the Dodge Caravan on Trailview Terrace and witnessed a gun being thrown out of the window.

Officers arrested all four occupants and a loaded firearm was seized. Two men were charged, while the other two were released with no charges.

Both accused appeared in court the following day.

Rajeen Saravanapavan, 18, and Ketheeswaran Arunagirinathan, 28 were charged with seven counts, including pointing a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, and careless use of a firearm.