York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe has expressed concern about the number of loaded firearms in the community after two handguns were seized within 24 hours in two separate incidents.
The first incident took place on Sunday, Aug. 25 shortly after midnight when police responded to a report of the sound of gunshots on Maffey Crescent near Gamble Road and Yonge Street in Richmond Hill.
Officers found several shell casings as well as a bullet hole in the basement window of a nearby residence. They located and seized a loaded handgun. Police located the suspect and laid numerous charges, including possession of a restricted firearm and careless storage of a firearm.
Shortly after 10 p.m. that day, police investigated a vehicle parked outside a residence in the area of German Mills Road and Monsanto Court in Markham. The driver struck two police cruisers as he attempted to flee. Police found a loaded handgun in his vehicle.
The male, 30, of Whitchurch-Stouffville faces numerous charges, including possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition, tampering with a serial number, possession of firearm contrary to order, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and refuse to comply with breath demand.
“We will not tolerate gun violence in York Region,” says Jolliffe. “The increased number of loaded firearms that we are encountering on our streets is concerning and puts our entire community at risk.”