Street Gang Terror: Schomberg Dog Walker Shot by Suspected MS-13 Members, Arrests Made
The victim, a 65-year-old man who was simply taking his dog for a morning stroll, became the unintended target of the assailants due to a case of mistaken identity. The suspects, believed to be associated with the notorious Mara Salvatrucha street gang, commonly known as MS-13, were reportedly hired by an organized group to carry out a hit on an individual.
York Regional Police revealed on Friday that the suspects erroneously identified their intended victim during the February shooting, resulting in severe injuries to the unsuspecting dog walker. The assailants fired a staggering 13 shots at the man before fleeing the scene. Despite sustaining critical injuries, the victim is expected to survive.
Originally, investigators surmised that the attack was an ambush prompted by the victim gesturing at a speeding vehicle to slow down. However, subsequent developments in the case led to a different conclusion. T
he extensive investigation, codenamed Project Rebellion, focused on the identification and apprehension of those involved. Between May 18 and June 1, York Regional Police executed several search warrants in Toronto, leading to the arrest of a total of eight individuals.
During the operation, law enforcement officers seized a cache of illicit items. Among the items confiscated were a handgun, an AK-47 assault rifle equipped with ammunition, and a drum magazine.
Furthermore, undisclosed amounts of cocaine and fentanyl, potent narcotics associated with illicit drug trade, were allegedly discovered and seized during the investigation.
The charges brought against the individuals involved in this horrifying incident serve as a testament to the commitment of law enforcement in safeguarding the community and seeking justice for innocent victims.
York Regional Police's relentless efforts in executing Project Rebellion have been instrumental in bringing those responsible for this senseless act of violence to account.