Teen suspect wanted in connection with shooting death of security guard at Pickering casino
A 17-year-old suspect is being sought in connection with the shooting death of a security guard at Pickering Casino Resort last month. Durham Regional Police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for the teen, identified as Tyjae Nosworthy-Smith, in relation to the fatal shooting on Thanksgiving.
The incident occurred on October 9 when officers responded to reports of an armed person at the casino. Upon arrival, they found 34-year-old security guard Michael Ferdinand with a life-threatening gunshot wound. Ferdinand was later pronounced dead in the hospital.
During an update on the investigation, Det.-Sgt. Brad Corner stated that the motive for the attack is still under investigation, and it does not appear to be a planned attack. Investigators have identified Nosworthy-Smith as the suspect in the shooting and believe he has ties to the Jane Street and Driftwood Avenue area in Toronto.
Described as five feet eight inches tall, 110 pounds, with a tattoo on his left elbow that reads ‘Chantel,’ and known to also go by the name “Baby2,” Nosworthy-Smith is considered armed and dangerous. Police have obtained permission from the courts to release the identity and description of the suspect, and urge the public to call 911 immediately if they see him.
In addition, Det.-Sgt. Corner warned that anyone found to be assisting the suspect in evading police will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Authorities are urging anyone with information on Nosworthy-Smith’s whereabouts to contact the Durham Regional Police Homicide Unit.
The release of the suspect’s identity and description comes as part of the ongoing investigation into the shooting death of Michael Ferdinand, as investigators work to bring the perpetrator to justice.