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New charges laid in relation to May shooting in Oro-Medonte

The 37-year-old who was shot has now been charged with public mischief and careless use of a firearm among other charges

The man who was shot inside a car in the quiet hamlet of Rugby on May 14 is now facing several charges related to the bizarre incident.

Initially, Orillia OPP reported a 37-year-old Aurora man was found shot in a vehicle near the Rugby Hall close to the intersection of Old Barrie Road and Line 13.

At the time, Orillia OPP Const. Martin Hill confirmed a man was found in a car suffering from gunshot wounds. He could not say if the man was shot while in the car. He said the man was taken to a Toronto hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“I don’t know if he was shot while in the car, outside of the car or at a different location – that’s all being investigated,” Hill told OrilliaMatters the day after the incident that rocked the quiet community.

Two days later, on May 16, three males – Cory Greenspoon, age 28, of the Blue Mountains, Larry Parisien, 63, and Taylor McIsack, 30, both from Oro-Medonte – were charged with attempted murder. Those charges were dropped earlier this week.

However, this afternoon, police said Orillia OPP Crime Unit’s ongoing investigation, under the direction of OPP Criminal Investigation Branch Det. Staff Sergeant Matt Watson, prompted new charges.

As a result of the probe, 37-year-old Christian Gadsen of Aurora has been charged with:

  • Public mischief contrary to section 140(1)(c) of the Criminal Code.
  • Careless use of a firearm contrary to section 86(1) of the Criminal Code.
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm contrary to section 90(1) of the Criminal Code.
  • Obstructing justice contrary to section 139(2) of the Criminal Code.
  • Production of a Schedule II Substance contrary to Section 7(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

In addition, Greenspoon and Parisien are facing new charges. Both have been charged with production of a Schedule II Substance contrary to Section 7(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. That charge usually refers to marijuana, although police would not comment on that.

Parisien has also been charged with obstructing justice.

The accused have been released on a Promise to Appear and will be back in Orillia court on July 31.

Due to a court-imposed publication ban on the initial investigation, no further details will be released, said police, who did not respond to emailed questions about the incident and subsequent investigation.

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is being asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can submit your information online at . Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka on Twitter or Facebook.