Suspect in teen's murder in police custody
Toronto police have arrested an 18-year-old man wanted in Monday's shooting death of 15-year-old Devonte Gondwe-Prosper.
Sheronnie Thomas was charged with first-degree murder after surrendering to police at 52 Division Tuesday afternoon.
He is expected to make a court appearance Wednesday morning.
Devante, known by friends as Bug-Zee, was spending the night with his female friend in an apartment above DJ Records and Clothing on Eglinton Ave. W, near Keele Street.,
Police say someone knocked on the door at around 2 a.m. Devante was shot in the face after he went to answer the door.
He was rushed to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he was pronounced dead.
The young woman told CTV Toronto that the two were watching TV when the doorbell rang.
"Nobody said anything, no words were said," she said. "They shot Bug-Zee and the man fell in my living room. I felt his life get sucked out of my room."
A small makeshift memorial now sits in front of the apartment.
A tribute page has been created on Facebook titled "R.I.P Bug-Zee". On Monday evening, one of the page administrators hinted at retribution by posting, "Your death will be venged my brotha..."
Earlier, the woman has said she hoped police would arrest a suspect soon so she could stop worrying about her safety.
"Bug-Zee was a good kid, he was friends with everyone here," she said. "I don't understand why someone would do this."
Police say it appears the accused and the dead boy were acquaintances or friends who got into a dispute.
"There's no indication that it was anything to do with gang war," Det. John Biggerstaff of the Homicide Squad told reporters at a morning news conference Tuesday.
Tips from neighbours helped police with identifying a suspect in the case, he added.
Police attempted to arrest a man overnight, when the Guns and Gangs unit along with the Emergency Task Force raided a home in the Keele and Eglinton area, just a few blocks south of Monday's shooting.
The man reportedly fled on foot after officers entered the home.
The teen's murder isn't the first violent incident in the area. There were two shooting deaths in the area in September 2008, just steps away from last night's murder.
Police blamed the violence on a turf war among four local gangs, most prominently the Five Point Generals and the Gators.
Last summer, extra officers from the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) were sent to patrol the neighbourhood.
Several alleged members of the Five Point Generals were arrested earlier this month during Project Corral, a major police roundup of suspected gang members.
Devante is the city's 16th homicide victim of 2010.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).