June 5, 2012

Toronto Crips at fault for Eaton's Centre shooting

Christopher Husbands, 23, is facing one charge of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder after the Saturday shooting at the Eaton's Centre in downtown Toronto. The shooting killed a fellow gang member Ahmed Hassan and injured 7 others who were in the food court of the Eaton's Centre at the time. Police believe that both men were members of a local Crips gang. (Most gang homicides in Toronto are the result of the Jamestown Crips and the Mount Olive Crips.)

Husbands is also facing additional charges for violating the terms of his house arrest.

Yesterday Husbands surrendered to police after investigators announced they had pinpointed a suspect in the case.

However police are quick to point out that the shooting was not the result of gang on gang violence. Instead it appears that both the shooter, Husbands, and the victim were members of the same street gang and they had a private beef.

Most of the homicides in Toronto are actually the result of gang on gang violence, of which the Jamestown Crips and the Mount Olive Crips play a central role. Most of the victims are men and most of the murderers are men too. See the graphic below which shows the history of homicides in Toronto for 2006 to June 2012.

HOWEVER we should note that Toronto has one of the lowest murder rates per capita compared to other regions in Canada.

In order the three regions with the highest murder rates are:

#1. The North West Territories
#2. Saskatchewan
#3. Nova Scotia

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