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