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Murder charges withdrawn against man accused in Danzig shooting

WATCH ABOVE: Sean Mallen explains why the charges against Shaquen Mesquito were withdrawn. 

TORONTO – Crown lawyers have dropped the charges against one of the men accused of murdering two people at a community barbeque on Scarborough’s Danzig Street two years ago. The shooting, which killed two and left 23 people injured, was one of the worst in Toronto’s history.

Shaquan “Bam Bam” Mesquito, 21, pleaded guilty to four charges including counselling two people “to commit the indictable offence of murder which offence was not committed” as well as uttering threats and illegal firearm possession.

He had been arrested in July, 2012 shortly after the shooting and charged with uttering threats, only to have the charges upgraded in November, 2012.

But the Crown withdrew two murder charges, one count of attempted murder, reckless discharge of a firearm and 23 counts of aggravated assault Friday.

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Det. Sgt. Peter Trimble told The Star following Mesquito’s court appearance Friday that they did not have enough evidence to link the accused directly to the murders.

Nahom “Gifted” Tsegazab was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in the shooting after pleading guilty to two counts of manslaughter and six counts of aggravated assault last year.

Two people, 23-year-old Joshua Yasay and 14-year-old Shyanne Charles were killed during the shootout on July 16, 2012. Twenty-three other people were injured but survived.