Toronto police identify suspects charged after brazen shooting

Posted Apr 17, 2015 by Marcus Hondro
Toronto police have identified four men in custody and charged after a brazen outdoor shooting Thursday in front of a row of townhouses. None are from the Jane St. and Driftwood Ave. area where the violence occurred.
A group was standing in front of the townhouses at Jane and Driftwood at about 5:50 p.m. when another group approached and began firing at them. It appears none of the victims fired at their assailants and police have yet to say why the shooting occurred.
Five were hit in the fusillade of gunfire, four men and one woman, with the victims described as between 20 and 40; one of the men has life-threatening injuries and is undergoing surgery today.
Community police were nearby conducting an outreach program and on the scene quickly. They soon spotted the suspects in a car and a chase ensued and the suspects bolted from the car and were captured. One suspect was shot in an interaction with police and was injured, though his injuries are described as not being life-threatening.
The Ontario Special Investigations Unit, routinely dispatched when police shootings occur, is investigating the circumstances of the shooting of the suspect.
Charged with multiple offences
Three of the suspects are from Toronto, the other from Mississauga, police said. The men Toronto men are Akeem Bailey, 25, Maurice Smith, 21 and Clifton Vassel Youria, 29; the suspect from Mississauga is Daniel Duarte-Alvarez, 20. Police did not say which suspect was shot and injured.
They have collectively been charged with more than 100 offences, including five counts of discharge of firearms with intent to wound each and five counts of attempted murder each. There are other charges related to the weapons in their possession and the discharge of those weapons.
The shooting took place across the street from a school, near a park and down from the local community centre and there were people on the streets at the time. Mayor John Tory said police will bring the perpetrators to justice and protect the area of "hard-working" people.
A public meeting to discuss the shooting with police and community groups is taking place at the Driftwood Community Centre on Friday at 5 p.m.