17-year-old charged after 14-year-old girl shot in the head

Feb 18 2021, 1:17 pm

Toronto Police have arrested and criminally charged a teenaged boy for allegedly shooting a young girl in the head on February 12.

Police said that officer’s from the Integrated Gun & Gang Task Force – Centralized Shooting Response Team arrested a 17-year-old boy “without incident” on February 16.

The boy, whose identity is protected under the Youth Protection Act, is facing multiple charges in relation to the North York shooting.

He has been charged with one count each of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing it is unauthorized, possession of a prohibited/restricted firearm with ammunition, and careless storage of a firearm.

The 17-year-old has also been charged with one count each of discharge of a firearm being reckless as to the life or safety of another person, aggravated assault, and criminal negligence causing bodily harm, as well as two counts of failing to comply with a release order.

According to police, the shooting occurred on February 12 when a group of young people were inside an apartment building unit near Jane Street and Stong Court.

A firearm was discharged, and a 14-year-old girl was struck in the head. The suspect and others then fled the apartment, police said.

The victim was transported to the hospital in life-threatening condition. She is now stable, but officers said she remains in hospital with life-altering injuries.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the police at 416-808-2510. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.

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