Toronto police have arrested an alleged member of the notorious Galloway Boys gang, which has been linked to some of the city's most prominent recent homicides and shootings.
Ad-Ham Khamis, 19, of Toronto was charged Thursday with four counts of attempted murder as well as numerous gun offences, including trafficking in firearms. He is accused of being involved in a series of shootings that occurred in the east-end neighbourhood of Scarborough between September, 2011, and January, 2012.
In one of the shootings, three people were wounded at a Domino's Pizza shop on Sept. 4, 2011. Another person was injured in a shooting that took place on Northfield Drive on Nov. 4, 2011.
Mr. Khamis is scheduled to appear in a Toronto courtroom on Friday morning. Police said the arrest was the result of investigative work and help from the public. They are asking people who know Mr. Khamis to contact police.
Police allege Mr. Khamis is a known member of Galloway Boys gang. The gang has a history of violence that stretches back more than a decade. This past summer, the Galloway Boys were linked by police to a particularly brazen shooting at a community barbecue on Danzig Street in Scarborough.
Joshua Yasay, 23, and Shyanne Charles, 14, were killed and 23 others were injured when at least two people opened fire at the barbecue on July 16. Police have called the shooting one of the worst in the city's history, and were quick to blame the violence on gang activity.
Two people have so far been charged in connection with the Danzig shooting: 18-year-old Shaquan Mesquito was charged with uttering threats and several gun-related offences. Police have said they have no evidence suggesting Mr. Mesquito was present when the shooting occurred.
Nahom Tsegazab, 19, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm. He was among the people injured in the shooting, police have said.
The Galloway Boys are thought to be one of Toronto's larger and better-organized gangs. Police say their territory is centred around the intersection of Kingston and Galloway Roads, a Scarborough neighbourhood of low-rent apartment buildings and social housing.