Man arrested for shooting of Samatar Farah

Shaquan McLean charged with three counts of attempted murder after being shot himself in Oakwood Village area on Monday

Toronto police have arrested and charged Shaquan McLean, 24, with three counts of attempted murder in the homicide investigation of former George Brown College (GBC) student Samatar Farah.

As reported by CityNews, McLean was the victim in a shooting on Monday near Eglinton and Oakwood Avenues.

Once he was taken to the hospital police realized he was wanted in the shooting of Farah and arrested him.

As reported previously in The Dialog, Farah had trained for two summers with GBC’s men’s basketball team.

Police say that on April 13, 2017 three men were outside a residence in the Chester Le Boulevard area, near Finch and Victoria Park, when two suspects approached them and began shooting.

The suspects then fled in a vehicle with two other male suspects.

Farah, who was 24, was found dead from gunshot wounds two days later.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Alexander Fountain, now 24, of Toronto who is still at large. He is wanted for three counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree murder.

In 2017, two men were arrested in connection with the murder.

Taufiq Stanley was charged with first-degree murder and multiple firearms charges.

Trevor Barnett was charged with three counts of attempted murder.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

Police have issued a warrant for Alexander Fountain, 24, (left) and have arrested and charged Shaquan McLean, 24 (right) in the 2017 murder of GBC student Samatar Farah. Photos: Toronto Police Service.

Homicide detective Jason Shankaran said in 2017 that the shooting was a result of a “feud” between the suspects who are from the Parma Court housing complex and some people in the Chester Le neighbourhood.

He said that the shooting did not target Farah, but rather the neighbourhood he lived in.

“The only thing that he did was be a resident of Chester Le Boulevard,” said Shankaran, adding that Farah was not known to police and and that he “was one of the good guys.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

With files from Mick Sweetman


Man arrested for shooting of Samatar Farah