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Markham man charged in playground shooting that injured two young girls

Last Updated Jun 16, 2018 at 11:53 am EDT

Sheldon Eriya, 21, of Markham was arrested on Friday in relation to the playground shooting of two young girls. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

A 21-year-old man from Markham, Ont., has been charged with attempted murder after two young sisters were injured in a shooting at a Toronto playground.

Toronto police say they arrested Sheldon Eriya in Pickering on Friday in connection with the brazen daylight shooting that sent the girls, aged five and nine, to hospital on Thursday.

He was due to appear in court on Saturday morning.

Police previously said a man approached a park in east Toronto where 11 children were playing and allegedly opened fire at a man nearby.

They say the young sisters were struck, and were rushed to hospital with serious injuries. Both have since undergone surgery and are now in stable condition.

Police say Eriya has also been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm, possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of a crime.

Police say two suspects wanted in connection to the incident are still outstanding.