Two people shot at while driving in Mississauga; man charged with attempted murder

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Published May 30, 2024 at 2:08 pm

Shooting arrest made in Mississauga.

A Toronto man is facing attempted murder and numerous other charges after two people were shot at while driving late at night in Mississauga earlier this year.

Peel Regional Police said in a news release issued today they arrested the man on April 30 in connection with the March 10 shooting in which a 47-year-old man and 22-year-old woman, both of Mississauga, were targeted as they drove in the city’s east end at about 11:15 p.m.

Police didn’t specify where, exactly, the Sunday night shooting occurred, nor did they say if the shooter is known to either of the intended victims.

According to investigators, the victims “were shot at several times by the occupant of a passing vehicle.”

None of the bullets found their mark, police said, as neither of the victims was physically injured.

The vehicle carrying the gunman quickly sped away from the scene of the shooting, police added.

In executing search warrants at four homes in the GTA on April 30, police arrested the suspect and also recovered a handgun and drugs.

At the time of his arrest, the man had a firearms prohibition order due to previous criminal convictions, police said.

Shawn Dennis, 39, of Toronto, is charged with two counts each of attempt murder using a firearm, knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, possession of a firearm, carry concealed firearm and occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm.

He’s also charged with possess firearm with altered serial number, possession of a firearm contrary to order and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Dennis is being held pending a bail hearing in Brampton court.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact the 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext.1233, or Peel Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

(Cover photo: Peel Regional Police)

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