WARMINGTON: Peel cops recover handgun #7 from nightclub

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Call it lucky seven times for Peel Regional Police, who found another handgun while working undercover in and around Mississauga’s HER nightclub.

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Although it was lucky there was no other shot, it was bad luck for the two suspects whose loaded gun they fired, including one who was on parole . He will have more than just firearms charges to deal with.

“The arrested man was on parole,” a police source said.

Oops.

Allegedly carrying a handgun was definitely against the conditions of release.

El Salih, 25, of Brampton, and Kafi Ali, 26, of Toronto, face a slew of firearms charges.

Police, who issued a public safety notice to advise the public of the danger and risks of attending this club at 1325 Eglinton Ave. E., is just happy that this isn’t another shooting incident.

“We’ve had four shootings there already,” Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich said. “It is very concerning.”

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And as of Friday, they’ve recovered six illegal handguns.

“Gun and gang violence is a priority for our community and our service,” Milinovich said. “The result is tragic results for everyone involved. In 2022, our service seizes on average an illegal firearm every two to three days. This is a testament to our members’ commitment to keeping our community safe. It is also indicative of the need to continue the work.

The police felt they had to intervene. Unable to shut down the club themselves, the police sent a message to the community expressing how dangerous this place has become.

It seems that some have not listened. Just hours after issuing the warning, members of Peel’s Strategic Tactical Enforcement Patrol (STEP) team were at the scene when they witnessed a narcotics operation in action.

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“They broke it and found the weapon,” said a police source, who added that she was not surprised.

With seven weapons recovered there in 2022, there is clearly a major problem.

For now, HER is still open for business. The police want people to know that there could be a health risk by partying there.

“It’s not safe,” the staff superintendent said. Sean McKenna. “The increasing number of violent incidents and incidents involving firearms at this location poses a significant risk to public safety. We are working and will continue to work with our partners to keep everyone safe. »

Billed as a modern adult entertainment club, combined with a dance club with bottle service, dance shows, and other high-end hospitality offerings, HER attracts a clientele that worries neighboring businesses and the police.

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“The frequency and severity (of the guns and the shootings) caused the police to take action to try to protect people,” said Insp. Raj Biring.

They didn’t even hide the fact that they would do this. But someone who allegedly carried a gun came anyway.

In a statement, HER management said it had “fully cooperated and responded to all requests for assistance from Peel Regional Police. This cooperation ensured security within the club without incidents of violence. We will continue to work with the police and regulators to ensure a safe environment for customers and the public inside and outside the club.

While those who allegedly carried a gun did not get that message, it may become clearer when the gun charges come to court.

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