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Toronto restaurant shooting victim charged with 9 firearms offences

Police investigate a double shooting inside Michael's on Simcoe on Sept. 20, 2015. Jason Scott/Global News

TORONTO — Police have charged a man who was shot inside a downtown Toronto restaurant on Sunday night with nine firearms offences.

Police responded to a shooting call at 9:50 p.m. ET at Michael’s, an upscale steakhouse on Simcoe Street. Two patrons, a 29-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman both suffered gunshot wounds.

Police believe the shootings were targeted and said the suspects fled the area on foot.

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Both victims were rushed to hospital with the male suffering from non-life threatening injuries. The female victim was in critical condition but has since been upgraded to non-life-threatening.

Terry Nguyen, 29, of Toronto, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition
  • Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
  • Possession of a Prohibited Device Knowing Possession is Unauthorized
  • Possession of a Firearm Obtained by Commission of Offence
  • Careless Storage of a Firearm
  • Careless Storage of Ammunition
  • Possession of Ammunition Contrary to a Prohibition Order
  • Possession of a Firearm Contrary to a Prohibition Order
  • Possession of a Prohibited Device Contrary to a Prohibition Order

Det. Paul Ward of 52 division said Monday that police ascertained from evidence and witness statements that the incident was not an indiscriminate “melee shooting.”

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He added that it appeared that “no one else was targeted” and that two suspects wearing masks shot Nguyen in the neck and the female victim in the hip.

Restaurant owner Michael Dabic said he heard shots fired and screams while he was on the phone in the restaurant, adding that “the people that shot them, they knew where they were.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at http://www.222tips.com, or by texting “TOR” and your message to CRIMES (274637).

With files from David Shum and Caryn Lieberman

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