Toronto police announced new charges today in last July’s Danzig Street shooting.
Nahom “Gifted” Tsegazab, 19, was arrested this morning and charged with two counts of second degree murder, attempt murder and 22 counts of aggravated assault.
He appeared before a Toronto court at 10 a.m. The charges come months after Tsegazab was charged with reckless discharge of firearm on July 19, three days after Toronto’s worst mass shooting in history.
Shyanne Charles, 14 and Joshua Yasay, 23, both innocent bystanders, were killed July 16, 2011, after gun shots echoed at the Danzig Street community get-together. Twenty-three other people were wounded.
On November 8, the police released two composite drawings of persons to be identified; according to police the men may have information about the incident or may be involved.
The police said the man in composite one have since been identified and questioned while the second man has only been identified as “Juvi.”
Staff Inspector Greg McLane, head of the homicide unit, used today’s press conference to appeal to the public to come forward with any information.
“We’re still requesting the assistance of the public in identifying this individual [Juvi] by name so we can speak to him in an effort to establish what and if any, role, he played in the Danzig event,” McLane said
McLane said the investigation is far from over and with help from the community he is confident that his investigators will make further arrests.
“We have reason to believe that based on our investigation that there are a minimum of one or two more shooters involved in this incident,” he said.
According to police Tsegazab was also injured at the shooting and said that affirms their belief that he was at the event.
Police said they belive that the shooting was gang related, with the Galloway Boys battling the Malvern Crew.
“This speaks not well of our communities and it’s time for people to stand up and assist us, be our eyes and our ears so we can operationalize these investigations and bring people to justice,” said McLane.
I hope the police find the men responsible for this terrible tragedy. We need justice for Shyanne Charles and Joshua Yasay.