2 arrested in connection with shooting that left beloved YMCA instructor dead

Police have arrested and charged a 27-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, both from Toronto, in connection with a homicide earlier this month.

Shane Shannon Stanford 33, was found behind the wheel of a car when he was shot, police say

Two people have been arrested by Toronto police in relation to the killing of Shane Shannon Stanford, 33. He was behind the wheel of a car when he was shot in the Lawrence Manor neighbourhood on Oct. 7. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

Toronto Police have arrested two people in connection with the killing of Shane Shannon Stanford in the Lawrence Manor neighbourhood on Oct. 7.

On Thursday, two search warrants were carried out by police — the first in the Jane Street and Wilson Avenue area, and the second in Welland, Ont. 

Police then arrested and charged a 27-year-old Toronto man and a 17-year-old girl, also from Toronto.

The man has been charged with first-degree murder. The teen has been charged with "accessory after the fact to murder." Both appeared virtually in court on Thursday.

Police said Stanford, 33, was killed in an apparent drive-by shooting in the area of Regina and Khedive avenues at around 11:30 p.m.  He was found behind the wheel of an Acura sedan when he was shot. Stanford was a beloved instructor at a Toronto YMCA, and was mourned at a candelight vigil in the days after his death.

Moments after the gunfire, the car crashed into the side of a home, police said. The back window of the vehicle appeared to have been shot out. 

Police are asking anyone with further information  to call them or contact Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.