Murder Charges Laid in Toronto’s Danzig Street Shooting

CBC, November 8, 2012

Almost four months after a gang-related shooting left two dead and 23 hurt on Danzig Street, Toronto police have laid a pair of murder charges in what has been described as the city’s worst mass shooting.

Two counts of first-degree murder were laid against Shaquan Mesquito, 18, also known as Bam Bam.

Mesquito also faces 23 counts of aggravated assault for wounding more than 20 people at the crowded outdoor party in Scarborough where the shooting took place on July 16.

“This was an attack on the security and safety of the entire Danzig Street community,” said Toronto police Staff Insp. Greg McLane.

Mesquito is also charged with the attempted murder of Nahom Tsegazab, a 19-year-old Toronto resident who was at the party and who was charged on July 19 with reckless discharge of a firearm.

McLane said police believe the shooting began after one member of a gang known as the Malvern Crew was denied access to the barbeque attended by more than 100 people. McLane said a rival gang, the Galloway Boys, had taken ownership of the gathering. Police believe the person who was denied access to the party called fellow gang members after being turned away and returned to the party.

“This resulted in a violent confrontation that involved a number of firearms,” said McLane.

The shooting shocked the city and claimed the lives of Shyanne Charles, 14, and 23-year-old Joshua Yasay. Police say both were innocent victims caught in the crossfire and not part of the dispute that caused the shooting.

Mesquito has been in jail since shortly after the shooting, facing a charge of threatening to cause serious bodily harm also related to the barbecue. He appeared in court Wednesday on the new charges and was remanded into custody.

Police also released composite drawings Thursday of two men they want to identify who were at the party. Both are young black men in their 20s. One has a prominent scar under his left eye.

McLane said it’s not yet known if they were involved or were just witnesses, but police would like to speak with them.

Police are also seeking information from anyone who was at the Danzig Street party.

“This investigation is far from over,” said McLane.

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  • Matt

    Toronto used to be known as ‘Toronto the Good’ – back in the days before third-world immigrants flooded into the city. Now whenever I hear about Toronto in the news, it’s invariably about shootings, thefts, and assorted other crimes, not to mention complaints about ‘white racism’.

    • Yeah now even the Maple Leafs suck.

    • The__Bobster

      They can thank Pierre Trudeau and his meretricious wife for that.

    • Howard W. Campbell

      It is sad to realize that just 30 years ago, Rush made a music video called “Subdivisions” that was filmed primarily in the suburbs of Toronto. EVERY person in that video was white.

      • StillModerated

        In a rather lame 1974 movie called Rollercoaster, the scenes were filmed at King’s Dominion in Virginia. Everybody there was white, and properly dressed, too. When black churches started busing in the yoofs, it went downhill. I don’t go there anymore.

    • jaundiced1

      30 years or so ago the actor Peter Ustinov famously described Toronto as “Manhattan run by the Swiss”. Today I’d describe it as Manhattan run down.

  • MekongDelta69

    I’m gonna have 10 more kids and name them ALL “Shaquan Mosquito”.

    • 1stworlder

      They would have to be called by their dads last name to tell them apart

  • JackKrak

    I wish there was an online betting site that transmitted a live feed of maternity ward deliveries & allowed you to bet on if and when a particular baby would make first contact with the criminal justice system.
    They would have had to stop taking bets on “Shaquan Mosquito” before he was ten minutes old.

  • Queequeg

    Wow! Were the ribs that good?

  • Barrack Osama

    Where did these future astrophysicists go astray?

  • kjh64

    Yes, but I’m sure they’ll blame American gun laws for the shootings and not Black immigration.

  • mark

    Toronto also had to open an African-centric school to educate blacks that could not meet the intellectual requirements of the public school curriculum. God help that poor city.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      That’s “edumacate”, not “educate”, when it comes to the “folk”.

  • You Are Now Enriched

    Canada embraces Diversity, and bloodshed. Nobody remembers the Get Whitey! Haitian Revolution, or Gabriel Prosser, or Denmark Vesey, or Nat Turner.

  • NYB

    A few years ago someone made a video called “the real Toronto”. The blacks are indistinguishable from blacks in any American city. They display their guns at 3:45.

    In just three decades, black immigration has completely ‘Bronx-ified’ some urban centers in Canada.

    • Joe

      That is awesome! All the Americans here who think Canada is so wonderful, let’s make a deal. Let’s send all of our poor oppressed blacks to Canada where they can bring the enrichments of diversity. I’m sure that once they are liberated from racism and given free healthcare and gun control they will suddenly start acting like middle class white people.

  • KenelmDigby

    Wel,l he has the brain of a mosquito, just like his surname implies.

  • Anonymous

    If I were to be named after a biting insect, I guess I would go berserk too

  • Michael_C_Scott

    With victim names like “Nahom Tsegazab”, “Shyanne Charles” and “Joshua Yasay”, I’m going to call “no harm, no foul” here.

    The hilarious aspect to this incident is that I would not be allowed in Canada, even if I wished to go there.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    And this came not long after some black guy shot up the Eaton’s Centre Mall out of spite.

    Toronto has gone to hell in a handbasket. But then, it was a perverted city (quite literally) when I lived there in the mid-80s, it’s really no surprise.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      So Canada, how’s that gun-control working out?

      • FourFooted_Messiah

        Seems to be lousy border control.

        Over the summer, a couple of vehicles were caught trying to bring lots of handguns over up this way – lord knows to whom they were destined. That’s only two fish, caught at one crossing point. How many more got away?

        Of course, it wasn’t that big an issue before mass immigration brought foreign gangs here willing to trade various drugs for guns.

        This is why the long-gun registry was so unpopular – gun crimes aren’t being comitted with those, they’re being commited with hand-guns. We never needed hand-guns, and didn’t have much of a problem with them before mass immigration.

        And Toronto is just one case. In other cities it’s ASIAN gangs that are the problem, not black ones.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          Thank you for that! The Canadian sense of humor is the main reason I love our neighbors to the north so much. When I was in grad school in Australia, we had a Canuk on loan, and Tranh and I went to get him at the airport. Tranh was picked because he had a car, and I because I can speak coherent English and Tranh couldn’t.

          The Canadian was really funny when we finally found him. He dropped his bags and said “I’ve been in Australia for two hours and you’re the first person who’s accent I can understand!”

          Maybe he wasn’t joking. The first time Dan, a real Ocker from Newcastle,NSW called here in 1998, my housemate said “Someone wants you, Mike, but I can’t understand what language he is speaking.”

          My reply to the Canadian in Sydney of course was very Yank: “Accent? I don’t have an accent!”

          • FourFooted_Messiah

            Yes, I had the same experience while calling my friend via the outback school he worked at for a year. “Some person with a weird accent wants to talk to you!” And this was about my plane ticket. travel plans.

            Not once did I feel offended, only mildly amused. The WORST thing came when I had to use a Hawaiian pay phone to call him to tell him my plane would be delayed (sick pilot). I wound up being a person in the American AT&T ads – GIVE ME AT&T! AS IT WAS THE ONLY LD PHONE CO i COULD UNDERSTAND!

            The only other glitchI remember is coming from people who thought I would not like lamb (coz ourlaws seem to include mutton as lamb, and muttton is gross.)

  • StillModerated

    We the jury find the defendant, Shaquan Mesquito, 18, also known as Bam Bam, extremely guilty.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    The whole gun thing is another illustration as to how dumb these punks are. Someone wanting to actively pursue a criminal lifestyle should strictly avoid firearms and people who have them. They tend to get used by these folks over silly stuff like who gets let in at a barbecue, and the police will generally look a lot harder for someone involved in the fatal shooting of a 14 year-old minor than they would for a thief or a dope-dealer; no ifs, ands or buts.