Week in Review - 15 Sep 2023 Archive

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Friday, September 15, 2023




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Still no date for Canada’s retail gun buyback as amnesty deadline nears

The group the federal government called “the primary source of information for industry” in the retail-banned firearm buyback says it still does not know when the program will begin.

This comes as the amnesty on banned firearms is set to expire on Oct. 30.

“I implore the government to announce an amnesty extension as soon as possible to alleviate the stress for a lot of people that own these firearms,” Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA) president Wes Winkel told Global News.

“I don’t think there’s any way that, even if there is the potential to make an announcement for a date to initiate the buyback, there’s no way to get it completed, obviously, by the end of October, not with the volume of guns that are out there.”

Continue reading at Global News

Shootings linked to increase in illegal guns, police say

Two men were shot dead in separate slayings just hours apart on Sunday — part of a spate of violence police say is linked to increased access to firearms on Winnipeg streets.

Winnipeg Police Service spokeswoman Const. Dani McKinnon said there is no indication the two shootings, which occurred a few blocks apart, are connected.

However, she said, the two deadly shootings are connected to an uptick in illegal guns on the street.

“Whatever the problem is, the remedy is to solve it with a firearm — we’re seeing it more and more,” McKinnon said. “People are taking extreme measures to solve problems, issues, concerns they have with other people. It just seems these shootings are becoming more normalized, which is really terrifying.”

At mid-day Monday, police squad cars and unmarked vehicles remained at the three-storey red brick apartment on College Avenue, which was blocked off with yellow crime-scene tape between Charles Street and an alleyway just west of Main Street.

An emergency medical kit sat on the boulevard, and discarded latex gloves were visible in the gutter.

The neighbour said he was watching television when he heard a commotion outside of his home. When he poked his head out the window, he saw the victim outside as emergency responders arrived on the scene.

“It’s something I’ve never seen before,” the neighbour said of the bleeding man.

The 61-year-old, who asked the Free Press to withhold his name out of fear of retaliation, said the apartment block is controlled by the Bloodz street gang, who often hold court, dressed in red, outside the building and nearby.

“You mind your own business, you’re OK… but the young punks who want to get in, earn their stripes, street cred, it’s stupid, it’s absolutely stupid,” he said, adding he had heard from other neighbours that the shooting was related to an argument inside the apartment block.

Continue reading at Winnipeg Free Press

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Proposed gun legislation could have 'severe impacts on people's livelihoods,' Manitoba business owner says

"Farmers, hunters and Indigenous people rely heavily on guns, and they're a big part of life in rural areas beyond Virden and throughout Western Canada, Matt Hipwell from Wolverine Supplies said.

There are misconceptions about gun ownership in Canada, because unlike the United States, Canadians "can't just walk into a store and buy a firearm," he said.

He teaches firearm safety courses that allow people to obtain a possession and acquisition licence (PAL), which is required to own firearms. The courses include practical and written training on how to safely use, store and transport guns.

Licence applications from people who complete the course are subject to extensive vetting by the RCMP, Hipwell said.

He also argues guns aren't needed for mass casualty events, pointing to last year's mass stabbing in the James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby town of Weldon in Saskatchewan, in which 11 people were killed and 18 injured."

Continue reading at CBC News

Ontario Protecting Communities Against Gun and Gang Violence

The Ontario government is investing more than $2.8 million in new equipment and technology to help police services across the province better protect communities against gun and gang violence.

Read the full Ontario government News Release

Fort McMurray man charged after lost gun allegedly used in kidnapping

A Fort McMurray man has been charged after he allegedly did not tell police about his lost or stolen firearms. Investigators say at least one of those firearms was used in a kidnapping in British Columbia earlier this year.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) began their investigation when police found a firearm allegedly used in the April 2023 kidnapping. It was registered to the Fort McMurray man and a search warrant of his home in Eagle Ridge was secured.

Officers seized three handguns, a bolt-action rifle, a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and 1,200 rounds of different ammunition. Police also seized an expired Possession and Acquisition License (PAL), magazines and firearms cases. Four firearms are missing.

Police do not believe he was involved in the kidnapping, but began their investigation when they suspected firearms offences.

“This appears to be the case of a firearm finding its way into the criminal market and any firearms investigation needs to be looked at thoroughly,” said Staff Sgt. Mark Wait of ALERT Fort McMurray in a statement. “If we see that one firearm has made its way into the community, it begs the question of how many more, what other crimes could they be used in, and that is something we take very seriously.”

Jesse Matieschyn, 39, is facing five counts of failing to report a lost or stolen restricted firearm. He has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on October 11.

Continue reading at Fort McMurray Today

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Pickup truck with firearms inside stolen from farm in Kawartha Lakes: police

Police are investigating the theft of a vehicle and firearms just south of Lindsay, Ont., on Monday.

Kawartha Lakes police say that at around 7:30 p.m., a pickup truck that had firearms inside was reported stolen from a farm property in the area of Hwy. 35 and Tower Road, about 10 kilometres south of Lindsay.

It’s believed the theft occurred sometime between 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

The vehicle is a white 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 pickup truck with Ontario licence plate “BB 29436.”

Police say the vehicle had firearms inside for hunting purposes. The firearms include a SKS rifle and a 12-gauge Remington 870 shotgun.

Anyone with information can call police at 705.324.5252 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8499) or at khcrimestoppers.com.

Continue reading at Global News

33-year-old man charged after violent carjacking and shooting in Toronto

A 33-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a violent carjacking and shooting in Toronto’s Harwood neighbourhood last month.

According to police, officers were called to a robbery on Aug. 11 in the area of Weston Road and Black Creek Drive.

Investigators said a man parked his 2016 Mercedes sedan and went into a nearby restaurant with a friend.

A short time later, police said three male suspects arrived in two vehicles and parked on either side of the Mercedes.

“The suspects confronted the victim and friend as they returned to their vehicle,” police said in a news release issued Wednesday.

“Two suspects violently assaulted the victim as the third suspect got into the victim’s vehicle.”

Police said two of the suspects fled the parking lot in the vehicles they arrived in.

The third suspect, police said, was unable to start the victim’s vehicle and got out of the car, attempting to run.

“When confronted by the victim, the suspect pulled a handgun and shot the victim,” police said.

The suspect then fled the area on foot, according to police. Police did not disclose the severity of the victim’s injuries.

An investigation was launched and police said one suspect was arrested earlier this week.

Two search warrants were executed on Monday, resulting in the arrest of 33-year-old Chadrick Brown, police said.

Brown has been charged with robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded or restricted firearm, four counts of possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order, two counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.

Police said they are continuing to search for two male suspects in the case.

Continue reading at CTV News

Police investigating after man shot dead near front steps of northwest Calgary home

Police are investigating and continuing to search for a suspect after a man was shot and killed near the front steps of a northwest Calgary home early Saturday morning.

Officers responded around 3:50 a.m. to the 1700 block of 18 Avenue N.W. for reports of a person in medical distress, police said in a release issued Saturday.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a man suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

The man was declared dead on scene.

Police say they're looking for a red, early 2000s Pontiac Sunfire sedan that was spotted in the area at the time.

A resident in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood who didn’t wish to be on camera told CTV News that it was one of the scariest moments they’ve ever experienced.

“We were woken up in the middle of the night and heard a lot of loud yelling outside, then we heard what sounded like a gunshot and went to the window,” the neighbour said.

“When I looked out the window there was a car driving away fast down the street. It’s just really sad and shocking that someone died right near us.”

Tabby Gerlitz has lived in the area for more than 20 years and says she’s concerned with the trafficking of drugs and the nearby homeless population.

“I fear for my safety every day, the city in general is becoming completely terrifying every time you turn around it seems,” she said.

“Homeless people and suspicious people are sitting on my bench and following us around so this doesn’t surprise me. This is just something that’s kind of becoming an everyday occurrence between here and North Hill Mall.”

Others like Rishav Dalui are also worried about the safety of their family.

“When we saw police removing the dead body this morning it was just so shocking. I felt so unsafe because I have a little baby,” he said.

Continue reading at CTV News Calgary

Driver, 21, dies after being shot at from another vehicle in Toronto last week; suspect arrested

A driver in their 20s has died in hospital after being shot at by an individual in another vehicle on a residential street in east Toronto last week and a suspect has been arrested and charged, police say.

The incident took place on Sept. 5 on Dolly Varden Boulevard, near Markham and Ellesmere roads, shortly before 5 p.m.

“Two vehicles were travelling northbound on Dolly Varden when an individual fired from one vehicle into the other,” Toronto Police Service (TPS) Insp. Jeff Bangild said at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was shot, investigators say, and a second occupant managed to escape without being injured, and quickly called police.

The suspect vehicle was seen fleeing the incident northbound on Dolly Varden.

On Wednesday, Toronto police said in a release that the victim, identified as 21-year-old Toronto resident Dequan Demos, died in hospital on Friday.

On Monday, police arrested and charged 22-year-old Lawrence Bruce, of Markham, with one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, and “several firearms-related charges,” the release said.

Bruce made a first appearance in court on Tuesday at Toronto Regional Bail Centre in courtroom 103.

Continue reading at CP24

Murder suspects in Alliston, Ont., shooting remain at large as family pleads for justice

Investigators say the person(s) responsible for fatally shooting a woman outside a residence in Alliston, Ont., one year ago remains at large as her family seeks justice and appeals for help.

Provincial police say Sibel Duzguner got into her car to leave for work on August 26, 2022, shortly before 6:30 a.m. when a vehicle drove up to her Kidd Crescent home, and someone fired several shots into her car.

Officers arrived to find the 38-year-old mother of three in her driveway with several gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say a grey 2011-2012 Volkswagen Jetta seen in the area shortly before the shooting has been identified as a vehicle of interest. The search for the car continues.

Investigators believe Duzguner was targeted and that this was not a case of mistaken identity.

Police say she lived with her three school-aged children at their Kidds Crescent home.

"Sibel's partner was not living or residing with them," said OPP Det. Insp. Raymond St. Pierre. "Sibel maintained personal relationships in Türkiye, and she was planning to remarry."

Duzguner immigrated to Canada from Türkiye in 2003 and leaves behind her children, six siblings and her father.

In a video released by Ontario police, the victim's sisters issued a tearful plea for help.

"I am voicing out to Canada because we are far away, we are helpless. Please find the people who did this to my sister. Please let justice be served on those who took her away from us," implored her sister Seda.

"One morning, we woke up to the news of her murder. Our lives were ruined," she added. 

The family describes Duzguner as a loving woman with a strong connection to the local Turkish and Muslim communities.

Continue reading at CTV News Barrie

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