Police arrest third man in connection with shooting at Woodbine and Kingston

Police have announced the arrest of a third man in connection with the Jan. 6 shooting at Woodbine and Kingston. Photo by Alan Shackleton

Toronto police have arrested a third man in connection with a daylight shooting on Sunday, Jan. 6, in the Woodbine Avenue and Kingston Road area that injured two men.

Police announced Monday morning that 23-year-old John Okoro, of Toronto, who had been identified as a third suspect in the shooting, was arrested in Barrie on Friday, Jan. 18.

He faces a number of charges including attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Two other men were arrested Jan. 6 afternoon shortly after the shooting, and they both face a number of charges including attempted murder.

The incident began at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 6 when an Audi stopped at a red light at Kingston and Woodbine was approached from behind by a black Mercedes, police said.

Police alleged the Mercedes came to a stop behind the Audi and a man got out of the Mercedes and approached the passenger side of the Audi. The man had a firearm in his hand and began to shoot inside the Audi, police alleged, hitting two men in the car.

The victims both received gunshot wounds, but their injuries are not considered life threatening, police said.

The driver of the Audi drove south on Woodbine, turned west onto Queen and came to a stop in front of a store, just east of Rainsford. They were treated for their injuries at that location, and then taken to hospital.

While that was happening, police alleged that the driver remained in the Mercedes, sped off on Woodbine Avenue, and became involved in a collision on Queen east of Woodbine. At that point, police said four males ran from the Mercedes.

Police flooded the area immediately after the shooting and responding officers arrested two of the males who had allegedly fled from the Mercedes.

Three firearms were also seized after the shooting, police said.

A fourth unknown suspect is still being sought, police said on Monday.

As the investigation into the Jan. 6 shooting continues, police in 55 Division are appealing to the many witnesses who were in the areas of both Woodbine and Kingston and Woodbine and Queen Street East at the time to contact them at 416-808-5500.


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