Toronto Police have just released the details about a scary incident in the downtown core on Friday. A 21-year-old woman named Cassandra Beckett-Benjamin was arrested and faces ten separate charges.
In a news release, police allege that Beckett-Benjamin was driving in the Moss Park neighbourhood at 1:00 AM on Friday when she got into a verbal argument with a pedestrian, also 21 years old. The incident took place near the intersection of Shuter Street and George Street.
The argument escalated and Beckett-Benjamin got out of her car, went to the truck and removed a shotgun. Police allege that she "pointed the shotgun at the pedestrian and began to shoot at the pedestrian." After the shooting spree, she put the gun back in the trunk and drove off.
Both the 21-year-old pedestrian and a 69-year-old cyclist got shot. Police say that both victims sustained non-life threatening injuries from the gunshot wounds.
On Saturday, Toronto Police located Beckett-Benjamin's car and executed search warrants. They seized a "quantity of drugs, a large sum of money, and drug paraphernalia" during their search.
At 3:35 AM on Saturday, Beckett-Benjamin was arrested. She's facing ten charges including attempted murder, assault with a weapon, discharge firearm with intent to wound/endanger life, possession of an unauthorized firearm, and various drug possession charges.
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Why You Need To Go: Tucked away in Spencer Gorge Conservation Area, Dundas Peak offers towering views of the escarpment and Hamilton. The hike is just under an hour from Toronto, and it will even take you past a 41-metre waterfall. Reservations are required.
Why You Need To Go: Take in soaring views of Buttermilk Valley on this giant trestle bridge, which sits 29 metres above the land below. It can be found along the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail about an hour and a half from Toronto.
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Address: 7375 Longwoods Rd., London, ON
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The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has just filed a $90 million lawsuit against the City and Toronto Fire Services (TFS) over a massive fire that destroyed York Memorial Collegiate Institute in 2019.
The legal document claims that the fire department failed to do its job properly upon initial arrival, which resulted in the fire rekindling on May 7, the following day. TDSB also argues that Fire Chief Matthew Pegg attempted to sway them into believing the fires were separate.
"While the TDSB and our insurers had hoped to resolve this matter outside of court, we were left with no choice but to take legal action," stated the school.
In a press conference, Pegg commented on the lawsuit, saying, "I became aware of the statement of claim being filed today, a copy of one of the media articles was sent to me by a colleague. It is now in the hands of city legal, as is our process at any point of time for any legal action, and that's where it's best suited. It's a matter that will be managed by legal services and ultimately in the courts."