The London man sought by police after multiple gunshots rang out in the city’s east end last month had faced previous charges for another shooting two years ago that critically injured a 23-year-old man, The Free Press has learned.
Samater Ali, 28, of London is wanted on several charges and is considered potentially armed and dangerous, police said Tuesday.
Officers found bullet casings near Oxford Street East and Third Street after they were called to the scene around 4 a.m. June 10. No injuries or property damage have been reported, police said. Investigators do not believe the shooting was a random act.
There is a warrant out for Ali’s arrest. He’s wanted for recklessly discharging a gun, possessing a loaded gun and possessing a gun while prohibited.
Ali has faced shooting-related charges in the past, court documents obtained by The Free Press show.
Ali was charged in August 2016, four months after a 23-year old man was shot and almost died in a John Street parking lot near Richmond Row.
He was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a restricted weapon and discharging a firearm.
Ali was wanted with William McDonald, 27, who wasn’t arrested until February 2017. McDonald was charged with two counts of second-degree murder — one count in the shooting death of Emmanuel Awai, who was found dead in a Connaught Avenue apartment in December 28, 2016, and one count in the death of Jonathan Zak, the long-unsolved shooting at Boullee and Victoria streets from May 31, 2012.
But McDonald’s charges were dropped in Ali’s John Street case. Ali was supposed to go to trial alone in March, but the Crown decided to stay the charges because two key witnesses to the shooting couldn’t be located. A stay means the charges are set aside unless there is reason to proceed, and usually after a year, they are dropped.
In connection with the recent June 10 shooting, police made another arrest last month. A 27-year-old London man is charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm with intent to wound and possessing a loaded gun without a licence.
Anyone with information about Ali’s whereabouts is asked to call the London police at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).