Man, 25, faces several charges after shooting shatters glass of Danforth sports bar

Toronto police have charged a 25-year-old man with several offences after a shooting shattered the glass entrance of a sports bar on the Danforth following a fight early Sunday.

No one reportedly wounded in shooting, but police say gunfire followed fight inside, outside bar

A Toronto police officer searches the ground after a shooting on the Danforth shattered the front entrance of a sports bar early Sunday. (John Hanley/CBC)

Toronto police have charged a 25-year-old man with several offences after a shooting shattered the glass entrance of a sports bar on the Danforth following a fight early Sunday.

The man is wanted for a Feb. 13th attempted murder involving a firearm and a Jan. 31st domestic assault, Toronto police said in a news release on Sunday.

Police were called to the scene at Rivals Sports Pub, 560 Danforth Ave., at the corner of Danforth and Carlaw avenues, at about 2:30 a.m. A caller had reported hearing six to seven gunshots.

When officers from Toronto police's 55 Division arrived, they found evidence of gunfire, Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said on Sunday.

The entire glass front door to the bar was shattered. Shards of glass were strewn inside the bar and outside on the sidewalk. Beer bottles were still sitting on tables. A bullet hole could be seen in a metal mailbox.

Beer bottles are still sitting on a table after a shooting at Rivals Sports Pub on the Danforth. (John Hanley/CBC)

Police believe two men got into a physical fight inside the bar. Police said the fight spilled out onto the street and continued on Danforth Avenue. 

"One of the men involved pulled out a handgun and fired several shots into the bar before fleeing the area," police said in the release.

'Fortunate that nobody got hurt'

No one was reportedly injured in the shooting, Douglas-Cook said. "If there were actually patrons in there, it's very fortunate that nobody got hurt," she said.

There was blood on the sidewalk at a second scene nearby, in front of a store east of the bar, but it was determined that the blood came from the fight, Douglas-Cook said. "There was no actual victim to speak to police from that particular fight," she added.

Officers from 53 Division attended the scene to aid in the investigation.

Police taped off both scenes as officers investigated but the tape has since been removed.

A Toronto police car is parked on the Danforth following the sports bar shooting. (John Hanley/CBC)

The man has been charged with the following offences:

  • Attempted murder in connection with an incident in the Sherbourne Street and Dundas Street E. area. 
  • Two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm. 
  • Two counts of point firearm.
  • Careless use of firearm.
  • Possess loaded firearm.
  • Two counts of possess firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order.
  • Possession of a firearm knowing possession unauthorized. 
  • Two counts of discharge firearm with intent to wound. 
  • Discharge firearm being reckless as to the life or safety of another person.
  • Possession prohibited weapon. 
  • Two counts of uttering threats. 
  • Assault.
  • Mischief to property. 

He was expected to appear in court at Old City Hall on Sunday.

The incident comes nearly seven months after a deadly shooting on the Danforth left two people dead and 13 others injured.

In that shooting on July 22, 2018, gunman Faisal Hussain also died after he shot himself in the head, according to Ontario's Special Investigations Unit.

With files from Muriel Draaisma