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9-year-old boy dies after Brampton shooting

Jennifer Pagliaro and Dylan C. Robertson
Staff Reporters

A 9-year-old boy has died in hospital after being shot in Brampton on Wednesday night.

Police identified the victim as Kesean Williams, a Grade 4 student at Sir Winston Churchill Public school.

The shooting took place at 51 Ardglen Dr., a townhouse near Kennedy Rd. S. and Clarence St. around 10:30 p.m., according to Peel Regional Police Const. Thomas Ruttan.

“It is an active investigation,” Ruttan said, as officers at the scene tried to piece together the sequence of events that led to the tragedy.

“There were immediate family members in the home at the time,” said Insp. Rob Higgs.

But police say they aren’t sure whether family members knew whoever it was who fired the fatal shot.

“It’s unclear whether or not there was any connection between the family of the boy and the shooters,” said Const. George Tudos.

“At this point, a very devastating time for a family,” said Ruttan.

“We have lots of witnesses, but we need other bureaus to come in and assist to interview as many of them as we can,” said Const. George Tudos.

Police have set up a command post in the middle of the road near the end of a row of townhomes.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau was continuing a search into the early hours of Thursday morning with uniformed officers who could be seen shining flashlights amongst the townhomes beyond police tape that cordoned off the entire road.

Earlier, police swarmed the area with tactical teams and a canine unit who swept the area.

“At this point we’re just trying to determine what’s taken place and who’s responsible,” Ruttan said.

When officers arrived at Ardglen Dr., a taxi in the area was seized and those inside taken into custody for questioning, Ruttan said.

It’s not known what involvement, if any, those individuals may have had with the shooting, he added.

Just down the street, the flag outside Sir Winston Churchill Public School flew at half mast. Inside, students and teachers were asked to write their memories of Williams in a small book. The book will be placed on a memorial table in the foyer alongside flowers and pictures of the Grade 4 student.

Right now we’ve got members of the board’s critical incident response team giving support to his friends and staff members who may be affected,” said Carla Pereira, a spokeswoman for the Peel District School Board.

Williams was a relatively new student at the school. He arrived just last September, Pereira said, and didn’t have any siblings at the school.

“Kesean was a well-liked student, and his death is deeply felt by everyone at the school,” the school wrote in a letter to parents. “Our hearts go out to Kesean’s friends and loved ones.”

Denarde Archer, a neighbour who lived in the same building as Williams, said the boy was friends with his son.

“My son told me that he was really good at basketball,” Archer said. He added that Williams had just begun attending the school’s breakfast club.

Archer described the townhouse complex as tight-knit and said that Williams and his family had moved in just last week.

Where the road meets Clarence St. at the east end are two plazas containing convenience stores, a bakery, a Caribbean takeout and salons.

The owner of a convenience store at Clarence and Ardglen told the Star he was robbed at knifepoint in the middle of the afternoon just two months ago.

“Everyday police, maybe more than 10 times,” the rattled shop owner said of the area. “Very bad neighbourhood.”

With files from Andrew Livingstone and Graham Slaughter

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