More facts on drive-by shooting

According to police, the drive-by shooting yesterday was not random, and they are working hard on finding the shooters.

Toronto Police confirmed the few publicly-known facts about the drive-by shooting on King St: they recovered five casings, and nobody was injured. They also said that they have a description of the car and its occupants, who turned south Jane St after the shooting.

In news that may be related, four people were wounded at a shooting in a backyard near the intersection of Weston Rd and Black Creek Dr. The Globe and Mail is reporting that two groups of young men were involved.

Drive-by shooting in Weston

At around 4:00 pm this afternoon, a man walking on King St was shot at by a person or people driving by. Nobody was hurt.

According to witnesses, police found five bullet casings on King between Elm and Pine. The man being shot at fled through a nearby garage, running north through the garage and yard toward Church Dr. A witness said that he ran while checking his body for wounds.

Parents at the nearby Elm Park quickly packed up their children and fled. King St is a quiet, residential street that runs past Weston Library to Jane St.

Police cordoned off the area for several hours.

Shooting on Weston Road, police seeking help

A man was shot on Monday outside 2255 Weston Rd, near the corner of Coulter and Weston.

Two men were involved in an altercation in the parking lot beside a silver or grey Audi, according to police. The driver of the Audi shot the other man in the arm and fled in the car. The Audi crashed into a purple or maroon Dodge Caravan before heading north on Weston Road.

Police closed Weston Rd for several hours on Monday night while they investigated the scene. They are now trying to find both cars. The Audi has damage to the front right corner and the Dodge has damage to the rear right corner. Police are asking for the public’s help.

2255 Weston Rd

With thanks to M. Lennon for reporting.



Crime down in Weston

There’s little to fear in Weston.

Toronto Police statistics show that fewer crimes were committed in Weston during the first six months of this year than in the first six months of 2009. Further, crimes have fallen more in Weston than in Toronto as a whole.

There have been fewer murders, sexual assaults, break and enters, and auto thefts so far this year. Thefts over $5000 and robberies are up, however.

In Toronto as a whole, 6.7% fewer crimes were committed than by this time last year. The decline occurred across all categories, too.

While some categories of crime in Weston increased, the total number of crimes declined 10%. Of course, summing the crimes so coarsely is a little disingenuous, since doing so does not take into account their seriousness—we would be willing to tolerate many more auto thefts than murders.

The police statistics do not suggest the cause of the declines.

Crimes to date, 2009 & 2010
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Percent change in crime, year over year

Man arrested for carrying loaded gun in Weston

Toronto Police are reporting that they arrested a man carrying a loaded pistol in the Lawrence and Weston Road area on Thursday.

Sean Wright, 25, was approached by officers who saw him carrying a handgun. He fled but was arrested soon after. There was a struggle during the arrest, and Wright “attempted to remove his handgun”.

Wright has been charged with 11 offenses, including assault, possession of a prohibited firearm, and possession of a firearm while prohibited.

That he has been previously prohibited from possessing a firearm indicates that this was not Wright’s first run-in with the law. He was carrying a Glock 9mm, a powerful, high-quality pistol carried by many police officers.

Weston murder suspect has been arrested

The Durham Regional Police have arrested Patrick Kirk Barrett, the suspect in the murder of Weston-area woman Lucita Charles.

Barrett had not fled to Montreal, as suspected. 680news.com reports that he turned himself in after calling police from a phone booth in Oshawa. He was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Charles was stabbed to death on Monday; she leaves a 7-year-old son.

Manhunt for Weston murderer

Police are trying to find Patrick Kirk Barrett, who is wanted for the murder of Lucita Charles. He is believed to have fled to Montreal.

Charles lived just outside Weston and was stabbed to death Monday night. She had a 7-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. Her son is in the custody of Children’s Services.

Patrick Kirk Barrett
Patrick Kirk Barrett