Three men have been charged in connection with a brutal drive-by shooting north of Toronto that seriously injured a man walking his dog in February, York Regional Police said Friday.
Carlos Ricardo Gutierrez, 27, Carlos Pena Torrez, 34, and Kenny Banchon Urbina, 30, all of Toronto, have been charged with a range of felonies, including attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Police believe the men were hired by an organized crime group to commit murder, but assaulted the wrong man. Police also believe the men were members of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang, better known as MS-13, which has its roots in El Salvador.
The shooting took place shortly before 8:40 a.m. on February 12 on Center Street in Schomberg township. The victim was beaten several times.
“The victim is going through a lengthy recovery process, but will survive,” police said.
Police initially said they believed the shooting was spontaneous and may have been prompted by the victim’s gesture to a speeding SUV to slow down.
In May, police suggested that the victim was not the intended target of the shooting.
The three men were apprehended during an investigation that resulted in the arrest of eight people. Police say they seized a handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle during the investigation.