WARMINGTON: Alarm sounded over murders in Peel

The next homicide in Peel will be the region’s 21st for 2018.

That’s in just eight months.

Homicides 19 and 20 happened in the early hours of Sunday morning in Brampton — in two separate but connected shootings. Hopefully, the 21st won’t come anytime soon.

“In the first shooting, a man and a woman were taken to hospital,” explained Peel Regional Police Const. Danny Marttini. “The man was pronounced dead and the woman remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries.”

Here’s hoping today’s medical heroes can save another one. There are a lot of people praying for her to pull through.

The victim of this callous and gutless shooting at the corner of Vodden St. and Garfield Cr., near North Kennedy Rd., was Clifford Correia, 27, of Brampton. A gunman fired into a taxi, striking the two victims at about 12:43 a.m.

“A suspect who is described as white wearing dark clothing fled in a Ford 150 truck,” said Marttini.

He just vanished,  leaving the carnage behind. The blood, the shattered glass and the bullet holes left in the taxi are a reminder of this summer of blood and murder which is just as worrisome in Peel as it is in neighbouring Toronto (72 homicides so far this year).

This ugly scene was just the beginning for Peel officers. Just less than six hours later — at 6:30 a.m. — Derrick McKeown, 33, of Georgetown, was shot and killed in Brampton’s Sunforest Dr.-Townley Cr. area.

“One man was shot to death and pronounced dead at the scene,” said Marttini. “All that is known is a suspect wearing dark clothing fled the scene.”

This has been a violent year in Peel. At 20 homicides with four months to go, Chief Jennifer Evans has sounded the alarm since, in all of 2017, there were 16 murders.

Every time there is a shooting, she puts a shell casing in a jar on her desk as a reminder of the danger to her citizens.

“It’s disturbing,” Evans told the Toronto Sun during an interview this summer. And, it’s getting more disturbing by the week.

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These latest murders come on the heels of a major takedown of five young offenders who have been charged in an armed robbery spree that saw at least 15 businesses hit.

And no one in Peel forgets the autistic man beaten by three young assailants at the bus station at Square One.

“It’s been a deadly, violent year,” said Peel Police Association President Adrian Woolley.

The record for homicides in Peel is 27, set in 2008, and he fears this year could surpass that.

“We are worried about officer safety but we worry about our community’s safety,” said Woolley.

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The numbers show he has every reason to be worried.

“There are too many people carrying guns and they think they can talk to a police officer while holding a gun and he or she can’t do anything,” said Woolley.

The officer can make a decision to question the person but “they know if they don’t get it right, there will be a complaint filed.”
Governments, he said, have “handcuffed police” and this has contributed to today’s problems.

Just like in Toronto, he said, the streets of Peel have become the wild west.

“There are a lot of guns out there and they are not legal ones from target shooters but illegal ones smuggled in from the United States,” he said.

And with potential record-setting numbers of murders, the killers have shown they will use them.

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies