Peel Police said officers found a suspicious vehicle with another vehicle in the underground parking garage of an apartment building in the Burnhamthorpe Road and Confederation Drive area.
The suspicious vehicle, a white Nissan Altima, had previously been used by two suspects to flee after robbing a pharmacy in the Credit Woodlands and McBride Avenue area around 6:45 p.m.
Police said a total of four suspects were in the garage. All are wanted in a series of violent armed robberies in Toronto, Mississauga, Kitchener and Barrie this month.
The suspects attempted to flee the area, police said, as officers from the tactical unit attempted to stop the two vehicles.
“During this interaction, one of the suspects, later identified as Ridwan Dalmar, fired a shot from a gun in his possession,” police said in a press release on Saturday.
“The suspect vehicle was then driven onto officers who then retaliated to prevent serious injury or death. ”
Officers were able to disable the two vehicles and arrested Dalmar and another suspect.
Police said a handgun loaded with an extended magazine containing 31 rounds of ammunition was found in one of the vehicles along with goods stolen from the pharmacy.
Dalmar, 20, of Toronto, faces six charges, including knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm with intent.
The other arrested suspect who was identified as Zakariya Dalmar, 23, of Toronto, faces five counts, including knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of a handgun. prohibited or restricted fire loaded.
Meanwhile, police said two other suspects involved in the theft of the pharmacy managed to escape on foot.
Police said one of the suspects approached a van with a family with children.
The suspect then entered the back of the vehicle and ordered the family to drive, police said.
“In fear, the family members all tried to flee the car. Before they could all escape, the suspect entered the driver’s seat and fled the area with an 8-year-old child, ”police said.
Const. Akhil Mooken told reporters on Friday that the police were able to follow the truck and that the officers launched a chase.
He said that while being chased, the suspect threw the child out of the vehicle.
The police were able to locate the child soon after. She suffered no physical injuries.
Mooken said the truck was later found abandoned within four kilometers near Eglinton Avenue and Creditview Road.
Following a thorough search of the area, the police were unable to locate the suspect.
“This is another example of the level of violence our officers fight daily in the interests of the safety of the community,” Peel Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah said in a statement.
“The same people who use guns in robberies were prepared to endanger the life of an 8-year-old. They have no limits, and neither do our service in our commitment to bring them to justice and protect our community.
Police released images of the two pending suspects on Saturday and asked the public for help in identifying them.
The first suspect, who police say was responsible for the hijacking, is described as a black man six feet tall and weighs 200 pounds.
He was wearing black jogging pants, a black hoodie with a white emblem on the left chest, blue medical gloves, a white medical mask, and black running shoes.
The other suspect is described as a black man six feet tall and weighing 200 pounds.
He was wearing black pants, a zip-up jacket with a purple hood and shoulders and black lower part and black sleeves, a blue medical mask and black gloves.
“Our investigators are committed to their capture. We are confident that they will be located and arrested with the help of our community, ”Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich said in a statement.
“We encourage responsible parties to contact a lawyer and surrender. The steps taken by them to avoid their arrest created unnecessary danger and trauma for innocent people. ”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the investigators at 905-453-2121 ext. 2133 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).