September 2, 2015 11:29 am
Updated: September 2, 2015 2:44 pm

2 more suspects charged in Garden Restaurant shooting that left 1 dead, 2 wounded

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WATCH ABOVE: Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux walks through the security videos from the Garden restaurant that claimed the life of a 31-year-old man in November.

TORONTO — Police have charged two more suspects with first-degree murder and other offences in connection with a downtown restaurant shooting that claimed the life of a 31-year-old man in November of last year.

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Homicide investigators arrested and charged two men at the Toronto South Detention Centre on Tuesday, in the shooting death of Tariq Mohammed, 31, of Mississauga, inside the Garden Restaurant at 153 Dundas St. West on Nov. 16.

Clifton Vassel, 28, of Toronto faces one charge each of first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, assault with a weapon and weapons dangerous.

Vassel is also facing charges in a separate investigation into the shooting death of Andrew Surage, a 47-year-old father of five shot outside of an unlicensed after hours club at 325 Weston Rd. on Oct. 5, 2014. He also faces charges in a third incident after a shooting at a townhouse on Driftwood Avenue on April 16.

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Derek Oppong, 22, of Toronto, faces a charge of first-degree murder, robbery with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault.

Both men were scheduled to appear in court at College Park in Toronto on Wednesday.

Another suspect in the investigation, Havard McKenzie, 24, of Toronto, surrendered to police at 31 Division at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said McKenzie faces nine charges in connection with the shooting including first-degree murder, pointing a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, weapons dangerous, two counts of assault and three counts of robbery with a firearm.

McKenzie was scheduled to appear in court at 1000 Finch Ave. West on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

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Police responded to the shooting at about 4 a.m. and located three victims, Mohammed and two women, suffering from gunshot wounds inside the restaurant.

According to police, Mohammed was in the restaurant with a friend when they were approached by a group of individuals who proceeded to rob his friend’s expensive jewelry.

After the robbery, police said the two men went back to their table and were followed by the suspects, when they got into another fight despite knowing the suspects were armed.

“Numerous shots were fired at the front of the restaurant which resulted in the death of the deceased. He was killed instantly at that point in time,” Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux said in November.

“Two female patrons who were seated at the north side of the restaurant received their injuries from stray bullets.” The two women were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Police say the restaurant was packed with between 60 to 80 people at the time of the shooting, and that around two dozen witnesses were interviewed.

Marcus Gibson, 22, and Ceyon Carrington, 28, of Toronto were both charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm in connection with the shooting .

Police say the suspects fled southbound on Chestnut Street following the shooting.

Homicide investigators said they have been following up on the shooting at the restaurant since it occurred, and that a man was identified from surveillance footage at the scene.

Toronto police have provided a full list of charges the suspects are facing:

Havard McKenzie

Current charges from Toronto Police Service 31 Division

  • Robbery with a Firearm
  • Robbery with a Firearm
  • Weapons Dangerous
  • Weapons Dangerous
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Pointing a Firearm

Current charges from Toronto Police Services Homicide Squad – Homicide #50/2014, Garden Restaurant

  • First-Degree Murder
  • Robbery with a Firearm

Derek Oppong

Current charges from York Regional Police

  • Discharging a Firearm
  • Pointing a Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Weapons Dangerous
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Careless Storage of a Firearm

Current charges from TPS – 23 Division

  • Kidnapping
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Extortion
  • Assault with a Weapon
  • Using a Firearm During the Commission of an Offence
  • Counselling an Indictable Offence Not Committed
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm

Current charges from Toronto Police Service Homicide Squad – Homicide #50/2014, Garden Restaurant

  • First-Degree Murder
  • Robbery with a Firearm
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Assault

Clifton Vassel

Current charges from Toronto Police Service Homicide Squad – Homicide #50/2014, Garden Restaurant

  • First-Degree Murder
  • Robbery with a Firearm
  • Weapons Dangerous
  • Assault with a Weapon

Current charges from Toronto Police Service Homicide Squad – Homicide #42/2015, Andrew Surage

  • First-Degree Murder

Current charges from Toronto Police Service 31 Division: Driftwood Shooting

  • Attempted Murder
  • Attempted Murder
  • Attempted Murder
  • Attempted Murder
  • Attempted Murder
  • Possession of a Firearm while Prohibited
  • Possession of Ammunition while Prohibited
  • Failing to Comply with a Recognizance
  • Failing to Comply with a Probation Order X 2
  • Discharge a Firearm with Intent to Wound or Endanger Life X 5
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm X3
  • Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized X 3
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle X3
  • Possession of a Firearm Knowing the Serial Number has been tampered

With files from James Armstrong and David Shum

© 2015 Shaw Media

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