Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Arrest in double murder outside Etobicoke high school:

TORONTO - A 17-year-old boy now faces charges stemming from his involvement in the deadly shooting that claimed the lives of two Catholic high school students in Etobicoke earlier this month.

But it seems the killer is still on the loose.

Toronto Police say the teen was arrested Tuesday in connection with the Oct. 6 double murder of Zaid Youssef, 17, and a 15-year-old victim outside the School of Experiential Education near Islington Ave. and Dixon Rd.

However, the accused is not facing a murder rap.

“This (arrest) results from an incident that occurred just prior to the homicides,” Staff-Insp. Greg McLane, who heads up the homicide squad, said Wednesday, unable to elaborate.

“The person responsible for the murders is still at large,” he added.

The accused teen, who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with attempted murder, pointing a firearm, weapons dangerous to the public peace, failing to comply with a recognizance order, possession of a firearm while not being a valid licence holder and possession of a firearm with no permit.

The charges, the first laid in the 10-day-old double homicide, suggest more than one gun was involved.

But detectives provided no further details of the arrest, so exactly what happened over the lunch-hour that day is still unclear.

Investigators have said from the outset there was a crowd of 15 to 20 youths present when a fight erupted and neither Youssef, who attends nearby Don Bosco Catholic Secondary, nor the other teen, were the intended targets.

Youssef’s parents believe their son was a curious onlooker who was there just to watch the fight.

In the wake of the double slaying, the city’s 43rd and 44th murders of the year, police released images of numerous “persons-of-interest” captured by area security cameras fleeing the scene hoping the public could help identify the youths.

Police have not said if the teen arrested was among that group.

Investigators urge anyone with information regarding these murders to call 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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