Dufferin OPP charge 10 from Brampton and seize eight guns after New Year’s Day shooting

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Published January 4, 2022 at 10:02 am

Police say they’ve charged 10 people from Brampton, seized eight firearms and laid dozens of charges after gunshots rang out in a rural field on New Year’s Day.

Just before 6:00 p.m. on Jan. 1, officers from the OPP Street Crimes Unit and Dufferin detachment say they were called to a rural property some 70 kilometers north of Brampton after receiving noise complaints of gunshots in Melancthon Township.

When officers arrived on scene they reportedly heard the sound of gunshots coming from a large field on County Rd. 17, and police say officers were able to locate several people on the property.

Police say they charged 17 people with 28 firearm-related offences as a result of an investigation.

Eight firearms were also reportedly seized by police, including several handguns and shotguns.

 

The charges include carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition, and possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition.

Ten of the accused are from Brampton.

And while most of the individuals were from other parts of Ontario including Cambridge and London, one of the accused is from Montreal and another is from as far away as Calgary.

A police spokesperson said investigators are trying to determine why the individuals were gathered and why the shots were fired.

Police say one person has yet to be arrested and charged in relation to the incident.

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Dufferin OPP at 1-888-310-1122. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 1-800-822-8477 (TIPS) or visiting www.crimestopperssdm.com.

Vishawjit BHANDOL, 30-year-old from Brampton has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Harnoor SANDHU, 23-year-old from Brampton has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Pranav SHARMA, 24-year-old from Brampton has been charged with

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Ajaybir SINGH, 23-year-old from Brampton has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Baljinder SINGH, 27-year-old from Brampton has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Gurkirat SINGH, 26-year-old from Brampton has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition
  • Unauthorized possession of Firearm
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of Firearm

Gursharanjit SINGH, 27-year-old from Brampton has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Karanpreet SINGH, 25-year-old from Brampton has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted Firearm
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of Firearm
  • Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there is a prohibited or restricted weapon
  • Possession of prohibited or restricted Firearm with ammunition

Kulvinder SINGH, 30-year-old from Brampton has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Parvinder SINGH, 25-year-old from Brampton has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Belawal CHHINA, 23-year-old from Cambridge has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Shebaaz CHHINA, 27-year-old from Cambridge has been charged with:

  • Possession of Firearm at unauthorized place – Two charges
  • Breach of Firearms Regulation- Store Firearm of restricted weapon – Two charges
  • Carless us of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Savdeepraj SINGH, 49-year-old from Cambridge has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Jaskaran LEGHA, 22-year-old from London has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Virinder TOOR, 23-year-old from London has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Abhikaran SINGH, 26-year-old from Montreal has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

Mandeep SINGH, 26-year-old from Calgary, Alberta has been charged with:

  • Carless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device of ammunition

The accused are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Orangeville in March.

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