Last week, York Regional Police reported that a male high school student had been found dead after a shooting that occurred at an after-prom party in the Whitchurch-Stouffville area. York Regional Police have now released the name of a suspect and have issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest. The suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Narcity reported on the incident last week, indicating that the after-prom party was winding down when the teen victim, who has now been identified as 18-year-old Rizwaan Abookbabar Wadee, was shot and killed on the scene. York Regional Police have determined that his cause of death was from a gunshot wound.
The shooting occurred inside a large home on Bloomington Road in the Highway 48 area. It is believed that the property the party was being held on was a being rented as an Airbnb. Police received a call reporting the shooting at around 4 AM on May 3.
Police have also stated that many people were in the attendance of the party during the shooting, however, a lot of them left prior to the police arriving on the scene.
Today, the York Regional Police have confirmed that a Canada-wide warrant has been issued for 18-year-old Jahdea Paterson who is currently wanted for first-degree murder following the shooting at the party in Stouffville.
While York Regional Police have yet to confirm the direct connection between Paterson and Wadee, it is clear that the suspect was part of the shooting that led up to the death of the 18-year-old teen. With first-degree murder charges, it also becomes clear that police think this shooting was planned and targeted.
York Regional Police are warning that Paterson is considered to be armed and dangerous. Therefore, anyone who spots Paterson should not approach him and make sure to call York Regional Police immediately.
They also warn that anyone who may be assisting Paterson in evading the police could face criminal charges if they do not come forward.
If you have any information on this case you are asked to call York Regional Police at 866-876-5423 ext. 7865.
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