A handgun was seized in connection with last month’s deadly shooting of Koshin Yusuf, 26, during the execution of search warrants on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Toronto Police handout)
On what should have been any other Monday, 15 year-old Safiullah Khosrawi was shot on his walk home from school in Toronto’s east end. The suspect: Another 15 year-old at Khosrawi’s own school.
Police aren’t willing to say that Khosrawi was the intended target of the shooting, he may have simply been killed while trying to get home. Det.-Sgt. Andy Singh said that Khosrawi was not known to police at all, had never been in trouble.
The same can’t be said for the suspect, who cannot be named under the Youth Justice Act.
“This male is known to police,” Singh said of the accused. “We have identified with the accused, some gang ties.”
Police aren’t willing to say this shooting was gang-related but given that the accused has ties, they are investigating with an open mind. The family of the deceased, meanwhile, is in shock.
Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec.13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
“He didn’t have an issue with anybody. Now I don’t have a brother anymore,” said Safiullah’s brother, Ahmad.
This is a case of a young man whose life was cut too short by the gang and gun culture that permeates too many of our cities across Canada, too many of our neighbourhoods. There is no way that the 15-year-old who allegedly pulled the trigger to kill young Safiullah was a legal and licenced gun owner.
Yet, at the same time, the man in charge of fixing this problem was showing that he doesn’t have a clue.
Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair was speaking with reporters in Winnipeg saying that the Trudeau government will move quickly to ban the firearms he and the government consider “the greatest threat and the most dangerous.”
The sad fact of the matter is that with that comment, Blair has shown that he either doesn’t know what he is talking about or is willingly turning a blind eye to the real problem.
There is no doubt that Safiullah was shot with an easy-to-conceal handgun, one that 15-year-olds are not legally allowed to own or possess. This was a murder, like so many carried out across Canada, allegedly committed with an illegal gun