York University shooting leads to arrest of man, 22
Suspect faces 17 charges, including a number of weapons-related offences
Toronto police have made an arrest in connection with the York University shooting that sent two women to hospital on March 6.
Kemon Edwards, 22, was arrested and has been charged with 17 offences.
One woman was injured by shrapnel and another was shot in the leg and taken to Sunnybrook Hospital when a man entered the university's food court and fired a gun at around 11 p.m. ET on March 6.
"I heard a loud bang and I thought it was because the chair fell, but it was actually the gunshot, I didn't know this and my leg went numb," one of the victims told CBC News from her hospital bed last week. She didn't realize at the time she had been shot in the leg. The bullet lodged in her thigh.
A campus lockdown occurred after the shooting and was lifted at around 1:10 a.m. ET March 7.
The university put out a statement saying that it had taken “several measures to enhance safety on campus, including increasing security patrols and the use of Toronto Police Service.”
Edwards was initially charged with eight offences including:
- Careless use of a firearm.
- Discharging a firearm, endangering life.
- Aggravated assault.
- Possession of dangerous weapons.
- Carrying a concealed weapon.
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm.
- Possession of weapon dangerous to public peace.
- Assault causing bodily harm.
Police also obtained a warrant to search his address in the Steeles Avenue and Jane Street area, leading to nine other gun and drug-related charges.
The search led to five other arrests, including two boys aged 16 and 17, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Adults charged were Dominic Bernard, 20; Alex James, 23; and Jesse Dawson, 23.
Edwards will appear in court Saturday.