Devyn Alexander, over the past half-year, has been hit by bullets and, as Toronto Police allege, shot people, too.
He was the guy shot Tuesday while in bed with his pregnant girlfriend and he remains in hospital recovering from those gun shot wounds.
Turns out the 20-year-old was wanted on a warrant for an attempted murder in a home invasion June 23 in 12 Division and in hospital, was charged for that alleged crime and a bunch of others by Toronto Police.
There was also a warrant for him for in a “firearms and aggravated investigation” in 31 Division, which is still under investigation.
And back in December, he was named as one of the 16 people charged in a string of armed robberies around the city – in what newly-retired Hold Up Squad Staff Insp. Mike Earl dubbed the “pathetic parasites.”
The string of charges grew this week for Alexander.
Attempted Murder, assault with a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and robbery with a firearm were added to the list. He was also charged with possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, possession of a loaded firearm and two counts of failing to comply with probation.
As an overview on Alexander’s rap sheet: He and his girlfriend are shot; he’s charged with attempted murder in a shooting 10 days before that; he has an outstanding warrant for weapons and was part of a gang that was accused of armed robberies. And the whole time, all of this was purportedly happening while Alexander was free on probation.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
Veteran crime reporter Chris Doucette and I were talking Thursday about how in 2017, gangsters thumb their nose at the law and do whatever they hell they feel like – knowing they can ignore bail, parole or probation conditions because there is just far too many people for law enforcement to keep track of.
The gansgters must be laughing at us.
“This is craziness,” said Supt. Rob Taverner, who now heads up 12, 23 and 31 divisions of Toronto Police. “This is a dangerous world this person and many others are (allegedly) involved in. Dangerous for himself and dangerous for those around him.”
Taverner said to stop the violence, police have to stop the gangs from exacting their own justice themselves through violence.
“We need help from the public to find these people and get them into custody. In the interest of everybody’s safety, we can’t condone these kinds of retaliation shootings,” he said. “This is street justice and it is unacceptable.”
Taverner is so right.
Every time there is one shooting, there is another one soon after. Sadly, it seems it’s only when someone like a pregnant woman gets shot that it makes front page news.
“How low is that?” said Taverner. “It’s the lowest of the low to shoot a woman carrying a child. It’s low to shoot anybody.”
But that’s how gangs work. You come gunning for them, they come gunning for you.
They have their own set of laws. Even when they move through the justice system, they are quickly back out on the street on parole or on probation – as Alexander was.
And we have no answer on what to do about it.
The only thing we do know is that for the last shooting, there is more than likely going to be another one in response.
The only good news for Alexander is he’s in receiving the best medical attention in the world and he and his girlfriend and their child to be born early next year should be okay physically, but who knows what kind of life he or she will be facing – having already survived a murder attempt before even born.
It’s so despicable.
If there is a silver lining in all this, at least Toronto Police now have their wanted man in custody.