Pair charged af­ter shoot­ing

One faces weapons, drug counts, other faces as­sault charges af­ter man in­jured in NE Lon­don, cops say

The London Free Press - - LOCAL - JONATHAN JUHA jjuha@post­ twit­

One of two men ar­rested af­ter Thurs­day’s early morn­ing shoot­ing in north­east Lon­don faces weapons counts, Lon­don po­lice said Fri­day.

Jor­dan Le­blanc, 23, of Lon­don, faces charges in­clud­ing two counts of care­less use of a firearm, three counts of pos­sess­ing a firearm or am­mu­ni­tion con­trary to a pro­hi­bi­tion or­der, and a sin­gle count of oc­cu­py­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle with a firearm. He also faces drug charges, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, po­lice said.

Le­blanc was ar­rested Thurs­day af­ter po­lice re­sponded to re­ports of a shoot­ing at a three-storey walkup at 135 Con­naught Ave., south­west of Ox­ford Street and High­bury Av­enue, shortly af­ter mid­night.

Af­ter the shoot­ing — the city’s eight in­ci­dent of gun­play this year — a 26-year-old man was treated for wounds at the scene and later taken to hospi­tal with mi­nor in­juries.

Res­i­dent Sheila Burgess, 74, said she’d fallen asleep watch­ing a movie when a man barged into her first­floor unit shout­ing in pain.

“I’ve been shot. I’ve been shot. Call an am­bu­lance,” Burgess said he screamed at her.

An­other res­i­dent, who asked not to be named but said had been in­ter­viewed by po­lice, said she heard a loud bang, then saw two men get into a car and drive away.

A sec­ond Lon­doner, Cody Le­blanc Ashe, 22, was ar­rested Thurs­day.

Po­lice say an of­fi­cer and a cadet were as­saulted while the two sus­pects were in cus­tody. Both suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, po­lice said.

Le­blanc Ashe is charged with two counts of as­sault­ing a peace of­fi­cer.

Thurs­day’s shoot­ing hap­pened in the same build­ing where a man was fa­tally shot nearly two years ago.

Em­manuel Awai, 26, was gunned down in his sec­ond-floor unit on Dec. 28, 2016. Wil­liam McDon­ald, 28, is charged with first-de­gree mur­der in Awai’s death.

As they in­ves­ti­gated Thurs­day’s shoot­ing, po­lice seized a hand­gun, a loaded magazine, eight grams of co­caine and other items from a ve­hi­cle at the scene.

The ac­cused are to ap­pear again in court by video link Oct. 18.

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