Thursday, May 31, 2018
Harlem Baldwin, 20, Sharrieff Muhammad, 22, and Kareemallah Muhammad, 18 all of Toronto and Shakiem Anderson, 21 nabbed for brazen gunplay, reckless ride through city
“Given what could have happened, we’re lucky there were no serious injuries,” Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash said Wednesday.
He also noted two guns were taken off the street in this “latest example of excellent police work” by Toronto cops.
It was initially a plainclothes officer, working in the Parliament-Dundas Sts. area, who spotted four men in a vehicle seemingly attempting to disguise their identities, police say.
The officer called for assistance and another plainclothes officer responded. By then the car was just south of Dundas at Coatsworth St.
An armed occupant allegedly got out of the vehicle, stood on the sidewalk on Parliament and fired at traffic and pedestrians.
Police don’t believe anyone was hit.
The man then got back into the vehicle which drove off as the plainclothes officers followed. Other uniform and plainclothes officers quickly responded and joined the pursuit.
Cops say the vehicle was boxed in by police vehicles at Sherbourne and Shuter Sts.
Officers attempted to arrest the occupants but the driver allegedly reversed into a police vehicle, then drove at a uniformed officer, who was hit but not seriously injured.
Police allege the vehicle then sped towards oncoming traffic, blew a red light at Shuter and Jarvis Sts. and collided with a taxi.
The vehicle allegedly crashed into another taxi and drove along the sidewalk, narrowly missing pedestrians, before the driver lost control and struck another police car.
Four men emerged and then ran from the vehicle.
Officers arrested four suspects and seized two loaded firearms.
Harlem Baldwin, 20, Sharrieff Muhammad, 22, and Kareemallah Muhammad, 18 — all of Toronto — and Shakiem Anderson, 21, of Mississauga, face a slew of charges.
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