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Chief Ramer announces Arrests in Weekend Shooting Investigation,
Jane Street and Stong Court area,
Rashawn Chambers, 24,
Jahwayne Smart, 25,
Chief's Remarks Included



Broadcast time: 11:30
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Unit: Specialized Criminal Investigations
Phone: 416-808-2510
Case #: 2020-2114189


Chief James Ramer announced the arrests of two individuals in relation to a weekend shooting in 31 Division.

It is alleged that:

- a shooting took place on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at approximately 2:20 p.m., in the Jane Street and Stong Court area

- suspects exited a vehicle and began shooting at another vehicle

- the suspects then returned to the vehicle and fled the area

- there were four victims including a 12-year-old boy who was walking in the area at the time. He remains in a life-threatening condition

On Monday, November 9, 2020, at approximately 4:50 p.m., the Gun and Gang Task Force – Centralized Shooting Response Teams arrested Rashawn Chambers, 24 and Jahwayne Smart, 25, in the Bay Street and Dundas Street West area.

It is further alleged that three loaded firearms were recovered.

Rashawn Chambers, 24, of Toronto, faces 28 charges:

1. six counts of Attempt Murder
2. six counts of Discharge Firearm With Intent to Wound, Endanger Life or Prevent Arrest
3. four counts of Aggravated Assault
4. Possess Firearm Other Than Restricted or Prohibited Firearm Without Holding A Licence
5. Possess Loaded Regulated Firearm
6. two counts of Occupy Motor Vehicle With Firearm, Etc.
7. Possess Firearm Other Than Restricted or Prohibited Firearm Knowingly Not Holding a Licence
8. Possess Prohibited/Restricted Weapon or Prohibited Device Knowing No Authority
9. Possess Property or Thing Obtained By Crime/Exceeding $5000
10. Fail to Comply With Firearm Prohibition
11. Possess Firearm with Altered Serial Number
12. Possess Firearm, Etc. While Prohibited

He was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 10 a.m., at Toronto North Courts, 1000 Finch Avenue West, Room 306.

Jahwayne Smart, 25, of no fixed address, has been charged with the following 28 charges:

1. six counts of Attempt Murder
2. six counts of Discharge Firearm with Intent to Wound, Endanger Life or Prevent Arrest
3. four counts of Aggravated Assault
4. Possess Firearm Other Than Restricted or Prohibited Firearm without Holding A Licence
5. Possess Loaded Regulated Firearm
6. two counts of Occupy Motor Vehicle With Firearm, Etc.
7. Possess Firearm Other Than Restricted or Prohibited Firearm Knowingly Not Holding a Licence
8. Possess Prohibited/Restricted Weapon or Prohibited Device Knowing No Authority
9. Possess Property or Thing Obtained By Crime/Exceeding $5000
10. Fail to Comply With Firearm Prohibition
11. Possess Firearm with Altered Serial Number
12. Possess Firearm, Etc. While Prohibited

He was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 10 a.m., at Toronto North Courts, 1000 Finch Avenue West, Room 306.

This remains an active investigation.

Chief James Ramer's remarks, provided at a news conference today, are below. Check against delivery.

Good morning,

Thank you for joining me today.

At approximately 2:30 on the afternoon of Saturday, November 7, two males started firing at the occupants of a vehicle, in an area that was busy with pedestrians, families and others at Jane Street and Stong Court.

There were 4 people shot, including an innocent 12-year-old boy, who was walking with his mother, and who remains in life-threatening condition in hospital today.

By way of an intelligence-led investigation, the suspects were identified by the Gun and Gang Task Force Centralized Shooting Response Team and arrested in a dynamic scene at Bay and Dundas last night around 5:00 pm.

Three loaded firearms were seized in the arrest.

I would like to commend all of the officers involved, for their excellent work and diligence in making these arrests safely, and without further incident. And, I’d like to acknowledge York Regional Police Service who provided invaluable assistance.

We have arrested two individuals, who are facing 28 charges each - including the very serious charges of:

• Attempted Murder
• Discharging a firearm with the intent to wound or endanger life
• Aggravated Assault, and
• Possession of restricted firearms without a licence.

This morning, both Rashawn Chambers, age 24 and Jahwayne Smart, age 25, of Toronto, appeared in court to face these charges.

We believe these two alleged shooters may have been involved in a separate shooting incident last week - which also endangered the lives of many innocent people and that remains an active investigation.

I want to underline that gun violence and gang activity will not be tolerated. We will put every effort to bring these types of individuals to justice. These types of significant events impact the safety of our neighbourhoods, particularly, this callous and reckless act that occurred on Saturday afternoon, endangering so many lives.
Mayor Tory and I visited 31 Division on the weekend and heard from residents who were legitimately concerned for their safety.

The Toronto Police Service is committed to taking all action to work with our communities and government partners to stop gun violence and disrupt the gang activity that threatens our neighbourhoods.

Thank you and I will take a few questions.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2510, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.


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