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1 charged over series of GTA cinema shootings, others still wanted

A man has been arrested in an ongoing investigation into multiple shootings at movie theaters in the GTA believed to be linked to a turf war over South Indian language films.

On January 24, officers were called to a theater in the area of ​​Highway 7 and East Beaver Creek in Richmond Hill after an employee showed up for work and discovered that the glass doors to the main entrance had been shattered by the bullets.

A similar incident occurred the same day at a Vaughan movie theater near Highway 7 and Weston Road. The same night, two more shootings occurred at movie theaters in Toronto and Peel Region.

On Tuesday, police arrested Andrew Douglas, 27, of Markham. He faces more than 20 charges, including four counts of discharging a firearm, one count of dangerous weapons and four counts of careless use of a firearm, among other related crimes.

Investigators believe the same suspects are responsible for the four shootings and they say they used the exact vehicle in each case.

No injuries were reported and all cinemas were closed at the time of the shooting, which is linked to a turf war with a group trying to prevent several South Indian language films from being shown in favor of other films.

The terrifying gunshots prompted Cineplex to pull a South Indian film.

After the January shoot, Michelle Saba, vice president of communications at Cineplex, told CityNews that “due to circumstances beyond our control,” theaters would no longer show the film Malaikottai Vaaliban.