4 teenagers charged after pellet gun shootings at Toronto-area schools

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WATCH: Teens arrested in school pellet gun incidents – May 31, 2022

TORONTO — Four teenagers are facing charges after four pellet gun shootings in the Greater Toronto Area.

Toronto police say they arrested three youths after two separate shootings at west-end schools.

York Regional police say they arrested a 14-year-old boy in Vaughan, Ont., after two shootings in the city north of Toronto.

Police are reminding people who own pellet or B.B. guns to use them in a safe and legal manner.

York Regional Police warn parents and teens that many replica firearms look identical to real guns.

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That force says that officers responding to these weapons calls are often in the position of having to make quick decisions on whether the weapon is real, a toy or a replica, with serious consequences.

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Toronto police say they were called to a school at 12:45 p.m. Monday after a 17-year-old girl was taken to hospital with a non-life-threatening injury after being shot with a pellet gun.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with possession of a dangerous weapon.

Shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday, police were called to a second school, also in Toronto’s west end, after a 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and arm with a pellet gun on school property.

He was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Police found two teenage boys with pellet guns a short distance away.

A 15-year-old suspect was charged with assault with a weapon, weapons dangerous and uttering threats, while a 17-year-old suspect is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

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The shootings are being investigated separately, and officers are asking any witnesses or anyone with information to please contact them.

York Regional Police responded to a call at a park on May 2 after a teenage boy fired a gel pellet gun at a group of youths.

Two days later, police were called when a group of students were walking on Shawbridge Boulevard when a black Jeep approached the victims and a male suspect fired a gel pellet gun from inside the car, hitting one victim in the head, causing minor injuries.

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Police say they have charged a 14-year-old boy with two counts of assault with a weapon.

The Special Investigations Unit, Ontario’s police watchdog, confirmed on Friday that a man shot and killed by police in Toronto’s east end on Thursday had been carrying a pellet gun.

Officers had been called to an area near a school around 1 p.m. Thursday on reports of a person with a gun.

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