As York Regional Police look for suspects and witnesses following a shooting in Vaughan, they’re also asking residents to sign up for their new security camera registry in a bid to make neighbourhoods safer.
Police found a 17-year-old male and a 30-year-old man with gunshot wounds after responding to a call involving weapons in the parking lot at Promenade Mall near Bathurst and Centre Streets on Sunday, Feb. 16, shortly before 9 p.m. Both victims were taken to hospital for treatment.
Investigators believe one of the victims was sitting inside a silver car and the other was standing outside of the vehicle speaking to him when a masked suspect approached the vehicle and fired multiple shots, striking both victims. The suspect then fled northbound on foot.
Any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time and haven’t yet spoken to police and anyone who may have video surveillance or dashcam footage of the roadways in the area of the incident is urged to contact #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7441. Or, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.
Police are also asking residents and businessowners with residential or commercial security cameras to join its new security camera registry at yrp.ca/RegisterMyCam. When police investigate a crime, they often canvass neighbourhoods or plazas for security camera footage that may have captured images of suspects or criminal activity – a lengthy process that requires time and resources.
When you register your cameras, officers can see who in the area may have captured footage and can ask them directly for help. “In an investigation where every second counts, this proactive step could be crucial in helping to solve a case, make an arrest, recover property or even save a life,” police explain.
Helpful details when registering include camera locations, direction, video retention times and the capability of sharing footage. The registry doesn’t grant police direct access to your cameras – officers must still seek permission to view and use footage. Anyone who has previously registered security cameras with YRP can unregister their cameras at any time.
Photo courtesy of York Regional Police.