Naod Tsezagab is back behind bars just 13 months after serving all but one month of a seven-year prison sentence for attempted murder.

The 22-year-old, who was on bail for a possession of a bullet charge in March 2018, is now accused of murder in his old neighbourhood.


Tsegazab, aka “Gritty,” was only 16 when he shot another teen in September 2012 in retaliation for his big brother’s shooting at the Danzig St. block party that ended in a deadly gunbattle six weeks earlier.

Tsegazab pleaded guilty to attempted murder in 2015 and was sentenced as an adult to seven years behind bars.

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Shyanne Charles, left, Joshua Yasay, right, were killed and nearly two dozen wounded in a shooting outside a community housing complex on Danzig St. on July 2012.

In that incident, Tsegazab travelled from his Galloway neighbourhood to Chester Le Blvd. — near Victoria Park and Finch Aves. — and hunted down Folorusu Owuso, who fired the first shot in the Danzig mass shooting that left Tsegazab’s older brother Nahom wounded.

The younger Tsegazab shot Owuso in the leg, then stood over his body and tried to shoot him in the head, but his gun jammed, court heard.

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“You shot the victim in retaliation for shooting your brother at a community event six weeks prior,” stated a Parole Board of Canada decision in April 2017. “You acknowledge you acted impulsively on a rumour and didn’t think about the consequences.”

“You reportedly take full responsibility for your offending.”

Tsezagab was “identified as a gang member,” but he denied that designation, the decision stated. He was never paroled but was freed last January on statutory release under conditions barring him from 43 Division (where his latest offence allegedly occurred) and associating with gang members or drug subculture.

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His sentence ended last February, so his release conditions don’t apply afterwards.

“Your association with people involved in criminal activity, the drug trade or street gang activity will elevate your risk to re-offend,” the report stated.

“Your access to a firearm and willingness to use it in such a quick and callous manner suggests a comfort with criminal peers and attitudes,” the report continued. “You also have difficulty managing impulsivity and with consequential thinking.”

In June 2016, he was also allegedly caught in prison with a shank concealed in a school binder, but he denied the weapon was his. There were also two known drug incidents in custody.

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Accused killer’s history of violence and ties to 2012 Danzig mass shooting



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