VIDEO: Gang War Behind Danzig Street Muders
Toronto police say they have a gang war on their hands in the city's east end.
In light of the Danzig Street shooting where two people were killed and 23 others wounded, police say its connected to another murder from 2011 and six shootings in the area, and that the Galloway Boys and Malvern Crew are behind them.
Police say back on Friday, December 30, 2011, at approximately 11 a.m., D'Mitre Barnaby was in the rear parking lot of 3895 Lawrence Avenue East when two men ran towards him. An eyewitness told police one of the suspects was brandishing a handgun. The two suspects pushed Barnaby and as he began to retreat, he was shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
Police say prior to his murder, Barnaby met up with his friend. They sat in Barnaby's car, listening to music in the rear parking lot of 3847 Lawrence Avenue East, a residential apartment building. At this time, a small white vehicle, identified as a four-door 2007 Nissan Versa, circled Barnaby's car and, according to Barnaby's friend, the lone male driver, stared at them and gave the feeling to the friend that they shouldn't be there. The friend became nervous and left the area in his own vehicle.
The Nissan returned, passing the driveway to the parking lot of 3847 Lawrence Avenue East. Barnaby was still in the parking lot. The two suspects were then observed walking northbound along Susan Street, coming from the Nissan. The two suspects walked westbound into the parking lot of 3847 Lawrence Avenue East, as Barnaby was driving by. Barnaby drove eastbound across Susan Street and entered the lot of 3895 Lawrence Avenue East.
The two suspects observed Barnaby drive by them, and turned to follow Barnaby. Barnaby parked and exited his vehicle. The two suspects ran up to Barnaby and shot him multiple times.
Video surveillance of the events leading up to and after Barnaby's death was recorded. (See below)
Police say the investigation has revealed that the murder of Barnaby is the result of a gang conflict between the Galloway Boys and males associated to the Orton Park area. Barnaby was not affiliated with any street gangs. His murder has been deemed to be a case of mistaken identity. His killers were believed to be vying for leadership within the Galloway Boys gang. This conflict has resulted in several other shooting incidents that have been linked by various forensic and investigative means, including:
The Domino's shooting: the shooting and attempted murder of several males in front of a Domino's Pizza at Lawrence Avenue East and Susan Street on September 4, 2011. Three males were wounded from gunshots.
The shooting on Northfield Drive: the shooting and attempted murder of a male on November 4, 2011. The victim was allegedly gunned down in his vehicle during a drug deal. The victim sustained several gunshot injuries to his neck and upper body. Ramon Williams, associated with the Galloway Boys, was arrested on September 10, 2012 in relation to this shooting and charged with Attempted Murder.
The Kingston Road drive-by: a drive-by shooting which occurred on December 28, 2011 at 4315 Kingston Road, which is the known turf of the Galloway Boys. Based on a witness, it appears that three unknown males were shot at.
3827 Lawrence Avenue East shooting: several shots fired in the 2nd floor hallway of 3827 Lawrence Avenue East, on January 15, 2012. Blood was located at the scene, but no victim has been identified
4100 Lawrence Avenue East shooting: several shots were fired in the area on August 6, 2012. Several suspects were seen fleeing the area. No victims were identified.
Lawrence LRT shooting: a male victim was chased through the Lawrence TTC- LRT Station on August 10, 2012 and gunned down against a fence. The victim was identified as being one of the up-and-coming leaders of the Galloway Boys.
Investigators believe the Galloway Boys have fuelled this conflict with their propensity for gun violence and intimidation, which has led to other major incidents such as the Danzig Street Murders and the shooting in the Chester Le Complex.
The Danzif Street Murders happened on Monday, July 16 2012, when community members from the Danzig Street townhouse complex held a barbeque during the afternoon hours. This is an annual event held for the children of the complex. It ran over into the evening hours, at which time young people from outside the complex began to arrive.
Members of the Galloway Boys street gang attend the barbeque. One of the Galloway Boys was using Twitter to invite people to the party advising that he would be supplying bottles of Hennessy cognac and referred to the party as his Blocko.
This gained the attention of many people. People from outside of the Danzig and Galloway area began to arrive at the party. Some people had arrived from the Malvern area of Scarborough. Members of the Galloway Boys were confronting people they did not recognize. For years, gang members from Galloway and Malvern have been at odds. The two groups are enemies. Neither is supposed to venture into the other's territory. A confrontation occurred between members of the Galloway Boys and the people who attended from Malvern. The people from Malvern were told to leave the party, which they did.
A short time later, the same group of people from Malvern returned, bringing others with them. A second confrontation occurred between the groups, which resulted in a shoot-out occurring in the middle of the party attended by more than 100 people. Witnesses reported seeing as many as six people shooting and claimed to hear countless shots. The shoot-out claimed the lives of Shyanne Charles and Joshua Yasay and left 23 other people suffering from gunshot-related injuries. Several people suffered lower-body gunshot wounds.
A large investigative team was established and, with help from the community, they have arrested two people in relation to this shooting. Nahom Tsegazab, also known as "Gifted," who is a Galloway Boy, has been charged with Reckless Discharge Firearm, while at the party. Shaquan Mesquito, also known as Bam Bam, from the Malvern area, has been arrested for making threats prior to the shooting, in addition to nine other charges. Investigators have learned that it was Nahom Tsegazab who was using Twitter to promote that he was the person throwing the party.
The investigation is continuing to identify the other shooters. Many of the party attendees have been interviewed and have supplied valuable information to the investigative team. There were more than 25 fired shell casings and five firearms recovered from the scene. These items have been submitted for full forensic testing, including DNA and microscopic/toolmark examination.
On Sunday, September 2, 2012, a shooting occurred in the Chester Le townhouse complex where a young person was shot. This same young person was shot during the Danzig shoot-out. Investigators have learned that people from Chester Le attended the Danzig party and will examine all links and roles they may have played in the shoot-out.