File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS Police mark bullet holes in a fence where two young girls were shot at a playground in Scarborough, Ont. Toronto police say they’re still looking for two men believed to be involved in a daylight shooting that wounded two young sisters in a community playground.

Children having nightmares after witnessing playground shooting: Toronto police

TORONTO — Some of the children who witnessed a brazen shooting at a Toronto-area playground that sent two young sisters to hospital have been left traumatized and suffering from nightmares, police said Friday as they continued their manhunt for the shooters.

Det. Sgt. Jim Gotell said they believe there were 16 children playing at the park in the city’s east end on June 14 when two men got out of a truck and opened fire.

“A lot of these children are suffering from nightmares and they don’t want to go back to the park,” Gotell told a news conference.

Officers haven’t spoken to all those children, Gotell said, and parents have been asked to contact police so they can help arrange counselling services.

The two injured girls, aged five and nine years old, underwent several surgeries and are recovering at home, he said. The five-year-old was shot in her abdomen while the nine-year-old was shot above her ankle.

Gotell said the two suspected shooters, along with a getaway driver who has since been arrested and charged, targeted a man who was at the park with his child.

When the bullets flew — at least 10 rounds were fired — the intended target bolted with his child and has not been found, Gotell said.

“We know who he is and we have been looking for him the past two weeks,” Gotell said, adding that he doesn’t believe the man was injured in the shooting.

Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Tarrick Rhoden and T’Quan Robertson, both 23, on charges including attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Gotell believes the two are likely in the Toronto area.

Robertson is rapper who goes by the name Top Gunna, he said. Police have watched a video of Robertson posted on YouTube that was filmed the day before the shooting, he said.

In the video, Robertson talks about hip hop, his singing style and growing up in Scarborough.

“It helps us out (to know) who his associates may be and his lifestyle pattern,” Gotell said, adding that it’s a matter of time before the two are in handcuffs.

He also warned anyone who helps hide the suspects will face accessory after the fact charges.

Police previously arrested 21-year-old Sheldon Eriya, of Markham, Ont., who allegedly drove the vehicle that took the suspects from the east Toronto co-operative housing development where the shootings took place.

Gotell said police have been getting a lot of tips from sources who don’t usually help in these investigations.

Just Posted

Random Acts of Green Canadian tour comes to Red Deer

Red Deerians are being encouraged to lessen their impact on the environment.… Continue reading

Red Deer economy bouncing back but slowly: report

While Red Deer’s economy has been in recovery mode for the past… Continue reading

Red Deer cyclist dead after being hit by vehicle

A Red Deer man was killed after being hit by a vehicle… Continue reading

Support for retaining ‘public’ in Alberta school titles could snowball, says local trustee

Even districts that never had the word in their titles are now discussing adding it

Multiple Oktoberfest events coming up in Red Deer

Red Deerians will have several chances to take part in one of… Continue reading

WATCH: 2019 Canada Winter Games will leave a lasting legacy, say organizers

It leaves Red Deer with the infrastructure and confidence to host future such events

Your community calendar

Wednesday Central Alberta Historical Society annual general meeting is 6 p.m. at… Continue reading

Couche-Tard wants to be a player in the sale of cannabis

LAVAL, Que. — Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. wants to be one of the… Continue reading

Michael Dawe: A safe supply of water has long been a priority for Red Deer

The oldest part of the Red Deer water treatment plant on 54th… Continue reading

New parent charged in admissions scam, linked to $400K bribe

BOSTON — A woman accused of paying $400,000 to get her son… Continue reading

Canadian stars Virtue, Moir say in video they’re “stepping away” from ice dancing

Canadian ice dancing stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir say they are… Continue reading

Bruce Cockburn avoids impulse to get political with lyric-less new album

TORONTO — If anyone is looking for activist folk singer Bruce Cockburn… Continue reading

13 seasons in, stars reflect on success of ‘Heartland,’ Canada’s ‘comfort food’

HIGH RIVER, Alta. — Alberta-born actor Shaun Johnston had already had a… Continue reading

N.S. senior whose birthday card request drew international response dies

SYDNEY, N.S. — A Nova Scotia widower who received thousands of birthday… Continue reading

Most Read