Man Charged in Connection with Brampton Trail shooting
A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with a terrifying incident that took place on a peaceful Brampton trail last year. The attack, which occurred on March 6, 2023, left a man and his dog traumatized after they were targeted by gunfire.
According to Peel Regional Police, the victim was walking his dog along the tranquil Etobicoke Creek Trail when he was approached from behind by an unknown assailant. Without warning, the suspect opened fire, unleashing a hail of bullets in the man’s direction.
Miraculously, the victim survived the initial attack and attempted to flee. However, the suspect was relentless and gave chase, intent on finishing the job. At close range, the assailant attempted to shoot the victim again, but his handgun malfunctioned, giving the victim a chance to fight back.
In a stroke of luck, the victim managed to escape and called for help. Meanwhile, the suspect fled to a nearby Ford F-150, where an alleged accomplice was waiting inside. Police later discovered the abandoned pickup truck during their investigation.
Tragically, the alleged shooter, identified as Alexander Mills-Smith, has since passed away. However, his suspected accomplice, 21-year-old Illia Ayo, is already in custody on unrelated charges. Ayo has now been charged with attempted murder using a firearm, occupant of a motor vehicle with knowledge of a firearm, and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime in connection with the shooting.
The incident has left the Brampton community on edge, as residents grapple with the shocking act of violence that unfolded in their peaceful neighborhood. Authorities are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation.
If you have any information that could help the police, please contact the 22 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453-2121, extension 2233. Alternatively, you can provide anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.
This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of community vigilance and the need to work together to ensure the safety of our neighborhoods.