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When tempers flare, rash decisions often follow. Downtown Toronto was the scene of an accidental shooting this past spring, a direct result of one such decision. A west GTA man finds himself charged with several violent crimes after a late night argument got out of hand, and an unlucky bystander was injured.
The incident took place on April 25, 2016 near Dundas Street West and Euclid Avenue. A group of people was engaged in an argument around 12:30 a.m. when one man allegedly drew a gun on the group. He apparently fired the weapon toward the group but missed all of them. The bullet did strike an Uber driver near the scene who was waiting for a passenger, and was not involved with the group. The alleged shooter left the scene in another vehicle.
The lone victim of the shooting was a male in his 20s. He was taken to hospital and treated for what turned out to be a non-life threatening graze on his elbow. A 24-year old man was arrested on Sept. 13, 2016, and now faces 17 charges, including assault with a weapon, discharging a gun with intent to wound and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
Though no one was seriously wounded, the accused still faces a litany of charges from the incident. Weapons-related offences, and violent crimes in general, are some of the most serious charges a person can face. For any man or woman in Toronto in a similar predicament, it would be prudent to seek counsel from a local criminal defence lawyer.
Source: mississauga.com, “Mississauga man charged in shooting of Uber driver“, Louie Rosella, Sept. 14, 2016