Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Second Arrest Made in Toronto Playground Shooting Case: Police

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Second Arrest Made in Toronto Playground Shooting Case: Police

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Second arrest made in Toronto playground shooting case


TORONTO - A second man has been charged in connection with a brazen daylight shooting at a Toronto playground that wounded two young sisters earlier this summer, police said Thursday.

Tarrick Rhoden faces 17 charges, including attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

The 23-year-old had been wanted on a Canada-wide warrant along with T'Quan Robertson, who is still being sought on several charges, including attempted murder and assault.

"A lot of people worked very hard to in order to resolved this, and the way we look at it is we have two out of three and now we're going to find the third guy," Det. Sgt. Jim Gotell said in an interview.

The June 14 incident was one in a string of high-profile shootings in recent months that prompted increased calls for action to deal with gun violence in the city.

Gotell said the playground shooting had an impact on police as well.

"I think it really affected the investigators working here because we're used to seeing people getting shot, but we're not used to seeing two little girls being shot playing in a playground," he said.

Police had previously arrested 21-year-old Sheldon Eriya, of Markham, Ont., in the case, alleging he drove the vehicle in which the shooting suspects fled the playground.

Rhoden was arrested by provincial police on Wednesday in Algonquin Highlands, about around 275 kilometres northeast of Toronto. Police said they believe he and Robertson were being helped by friends or acquaintances to evade arrest.

Gotell said Rhoden was found at the cottage of 59-year-old Vern McPhail, of Brampton, Ont., who also arrested and charged with accessory to commit an indictable offence.

More charges are expected against Rhoden once officers finish searching McPhail's property, Gotell said. …

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