Oakville Man Charged in Burlington Shooting
UPDATE: Creed’s charges have been withdrawn.
A 30-year-old Oakville man is accused of driving the getaway vehicle in connection with shots fired in downtown Burlington.
The suspect was handcuffed in Oakville on July 7, say Halton police.
The incident took place on July 6 and three suspects were arrested in Mississauga the same night.
The incident began around 4:30 a.m. when Halton police responded to the area of Ross St. near Olga Dr. after receiving reports of several gunshots.
Officers learned a dispute took place between a male and female who were acquaintances.
The male pulled out a handgun and discharged two rounds towards a shed, in the opposite direction of the female.
It was last seen traveling north on Ross St.
The scene was examined by the forensics identification unit and two spent casings were located and seized for further testing.
Richard Zachary Creed is charged with occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm.
Creed was released on a promise to appear in Milton court on August 1.
Investigators have also identified the alleged shooter, finding him and two other males at a restaurant in downtown Mississauga.
The trio was handcuffed at 8 p.m. -by plain clothes officers and members of the tactical and rescue unit- as they returned to a dark Dodge Durango.
A search of the vehicle and suspects resulted in the seizure of two loaded semi-automatic handguns and approximately 10 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of about $1,000.
One handgun was located in a centre console while the other was located in the waistband of one of the arrested men, police allege.
The origins of the handguns are still under investigation.
Tharshan Balasingam, 28, of Brampton, is charged with: pointing a firearm; discharge restricted firearm at a place in a reckless manner; possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; unauthorized possession of a firearm; assault; utter threats; possession of firearm and ammunition contrary to prohibition order; occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm; possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) for the purpose of trafficking.
Balasingam was held for bail.
Janson Jeyakanthan, 25, of Brampton is charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm and carry concealed weapon.
Jeyakanthan was held for bail.
Johan Matthijs Van Der Lee, 26, of Calgary, is charged with occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm.
Van Der Lee was released on a promise to appear in Milton court on Aug. 1.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det.-Const. Erin J. Toth of the Burlington criminal investigations bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2313.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.
Photo courtesy of Halton Regional Police
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