Suspect charged in York University food court shooting
Kendra Mangione, CTV Toronto
Published Friday, March 14, 2014 10:35AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, March 14, 2014 10:35PM EDT
A man suspected of opening fire in a York University food court has been arrested and charged, Toronto police said in a statement on Friday.
Kemon Edwards, 22, was arrested at approximately 3:40 p.m. Thursday, after a search warrant was issued to police. Police said they found illicit drugs at a location near Jane Street and Steeles Avenue.
In relation to the shooting, he has been charged with:
• Careless use of a firearm
• Discharging a firearm, endangering life
• Aggravated assault
• Possession of a dangerous weapon
• Carrying a concealed weapon
• Unauthorized possession of a firearm
• Possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace
• Assault causing bodily harm
Edwards also faces multiple drug charges, along with failing to comply with recognizance, possession of proceeds from a crime and two counts of failure to comply with a prohibition order.
“Generally speaking, when somebody possesses, illegally, a gun – it’s not for fun, it’s usually for some criminal intent and there are going to be other charges,” Toronto Police Const. David Hopkinson told CTV Toronto.
Officers netted four more people in connection with the warrant. Dominic Bernard, 20, Alex James, 23, Jesse Dawson, 23, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy are charged with multiple drug and firearm offences.
Court records show that Edwards was already out on bail for charges of assault and failing to comply with probation when he allegedly fired shots on the York campus on March 6.
Two women were injured when a gunman walked through the food court in the student centre at approximately 10:45 p.m. One was shot in the leg and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other was injured by shrapnel from the bullet and suffered minor injuries.
Police do not believe the women were targeted.
Following the arrest, York University issued a statement that said that officials are planning to meet with police to review the circumstances and campus safety procedures.
They added that dedicated security has been added to the university’s food court and student centre and that staff are considering installing video cameras in the area.
York University told CTV Toronto that Edwards was not a student at the school. Police are not revealing why he was on campus on the day of the shooting.
Edwards and his adult co-accused are expected to make their first court appearance on Saturday.
Investigators are requesting that anyone with images or video related to the incident upload them online.
Witnesses or people with information are asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477 (TIPS), leave a tip online or text TOR and their message to 274637 (CRIMES).