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SCOURING THE SCENE – Whitehorse RCMP investigate the shooting scene at the 202 Motor Inn on Jarvis Street last Sunday.

Pair charged following downtown shooting

Whitehorse RCMP have charged the two men arrested in relation to a shooting early last Sunday morning in the downtown area.

By Gord Fortin on December 3, 2019

Whitehorse RCMP have charged the two men arrested in relation to a shooting early last Sunday morning in the downtown area.

The Star obtained a copy of the official charge from Yukon Courts this morning.

Malakal Kwony Tuel, 35, is facing four charges.

He is charged with attempted murder. He is accused of firing a bullet from a handgun at John Thomas Papequash outside of the 202 Motor Inn on Jarvis Street.

The second count is in relation to an assault which also took place on Sunday in Whitehorse. Tuel is accused of assaulting Barry Lee with a handgun.

The third charge against Tuel is for possessing a firearm while he was prohibited from having one.

His firearm prohibition dates back to February 2006 in Calgary.

Tuel is on a recognizance. The conditions included a firearm prohibition. The last charge relates to breaching the firearm clause of the recognizance.

Carcross resident Joseph Wuor, 26, is facing four charges.

He is charged with possessing a handgun for a dangerous purpose, transporting a firearm in a careless manner, possessing a handgun while he was under a firearm prohibition and breaching his recognizance by having the gun.

His charges relate to alleged behaviour around Carcross.

The firearm prohibition dates back to December 2015 in Medicine Hat, Alta.

Police responded to the Jarvis Street shooting at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Police reported that Papequash sustained “serious life-threatening injuries” as a result of a gunshot.

There have been no further details provided on his condition.

The RCMP asked the public for help finding two male suspects, and Tuel and Wuor were arrested Sunday evening.

No details of the arrest were provided, as the investigation is ongoing.

Comments (16)

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Peace on Dec 5, 2019 at 3:07 pm

@ Groucho d'North
The 2 accused came into Canada under Harper's watch but why let facts get in the way of good ol' fashioned racism am I right?

All the folks in this story are in the drug biz and when you have an active market like the one here in the Yukon actual gangbangers will eventually move in to take over the local, less organized folks and this is a pretty typical result. The demand is not going away any time soon and neither will the dealers and hurricane of violence enveloping it all. Personally, as long as they are only shooting each other I won't lose any sleep over it.


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Oya on Dec 5, 2019 at 2:45 pm

Why the hell is that guy still in Canada? see Jeff's post....

If we are going to open our borders up to every POS in the world, Canadians should demand they get deported and lose all rights to be in Canada when they act like this guy!!! Abide by our laws or gtf out!

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Groucho d'North on Dec 5, 2019 at 10:12 am

You may recall our Prime Minister said he would " Keep Canadians safe" when the flood of immigration began a few years back.
I wonder how he plans to do that?

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Not surprised on Dec 4, 2019 at 4:40 pm

We have enough home-grown criminals and drug dealers in the Yukon. We don't need to import them now. I point out that people generally don't get shot in the head outside a bar for no reason. Yup - the victim is someone's kid, brother, cousin - but so are the people that criminals victimize. If the criminal element sort out their business and the public isn't injured, quite frankly: I don't care. Death and shooting is part of that gangster lifestyle.

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Jeff on Dec 4, 2019 at 4:33 pm


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N/A on Dec 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Three people are facing drug-related charges after RCMP seizes drugs from a home in Watson Lake, Yukon.
The RCMP executed a search warrant on Monday at a home on Nisutlin Way.
Officers seized 7.9 grams of cocaine, as well as a small amount of marijuana, rifles and a sum of cash.

John Thomas Papequash, 31, of Whitehorse and Terence Curtis Dendys, 20, of Watson Lake each face charges, including possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Agnes Rose Reid, 49, also of Watson Lake also faces charges, including possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking as well as two firearms charges.

All three remain in custody.
Dendys and Reid are scheduled to appear in court in Whitehorse on April 29, and Papequash is scheduled to appear on May 7.
Article From April 2014 obviously as not changed

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Juniper Jackson on Dec 4, 2019 at 1:23 pm

There are 2 strata of people living in the Yukon. One is Yukoners.. We've been here through fires, floods, broken roads, shared our moose, paid taxes, lived and worked, loved and died here. Then, there are the southerners. Quite a mix. We have the southerners who don't like it here really, forced for a plum government job to come here, so they want to change things, be JUST like Toronto. Ban all the guns, accept gross government mismanagement.
Then, there are the implants, illegals, refugee's, strays, some came for a visit, stayed for the money, will move on when they can. And then, there are the criminals. It's because both strata buy drugs that the criminals are here. If people living here didn't want drugs so much that they paid over 2 million dollars on legal drugs, and God only knows how much on illegal street drugs, the pushers, dealers, shooters, wouldn't be here.
Pushers come in all shapes and colors. Because Trudeau wants open borders, drugs these days can walk across the border. There must be a tremendous amount of this crap in Canada. Where the money goes, so goes the sex trades, human trafficking, stealing, early death, and societal problems, ER is jammed up.. Naloxen kits handed out like popcorn, doctors dealing with out of control druggies and stoners, it's not just a few drunks anymore. Families breaking up, children without enough to eat. So many that we need to put programs in to feed them. Saddest thing I ever heard was a man and woman put the kids to bed on a Friday night, got out their drugs..both died on their living room floor with 4 kids under 10 upstairs asleep. Everyone now knows the risk. Instead of saying to their kids.. JUST DON'T DO IT..they say..it's natural to want to experiment.. it isn't natural to want to be high as a kite.. its not natural to want to jump of the drug cliff.. so parents are telling their kids its ok to do drugs. Family breakups.. I thank God my children are grown, decent, kind adults. I don't think they do drugs. But then, I wouldn't know would I? So, keep buying the drugs, robbing people to pay for them and ending up with a bullet from pushers or jail time from the cops. Or.. I will be coming to your funeral eventually.

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On a side note on Dec 4, 2019 at 8:46 am

Can we take a look at this:

..." possessing a handgun while he was under a firearm prohibition"...

Can all the people in favour of stricter gun laws and bans please understand once and for all that criminals don't care about the law. Stop making legal, licensed gun owners scapegoats when pieces of s**t like these two fellas for example make a mockery of our laws, and as always we suffer for it.

Second part of comment, good job on the folks who did their job and apprehended these goofs in a speedy manner.

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what's with the thumb downs for Donna's comment? on Dec 4, 2019 at 8:41 am

Well? What is with the down votes?
Donna is 100% correct, these are southern imports into the territory, criminal p.o.s. not what you would call model citizens. This is not the type of diversity we want or need. Charge them, convict them, don't plea down to some water downed bulls**t charge as is typical in the Yukon. Send them east to the federal pen, not the WCC winter hotel facility on Range road. We have enough Yukon born and raised drug dealers and criminals. We really don't need to import more.

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Jack on Dec 4, 2019 at 1:09 am

The shooters look like they're from African heritage not from Carcross.

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These attempted murders are not Yukoners on Dec 4, 2019 at 12:15 am

I agree with Donna. These guys are not from Carcross. Being up here and causing all kinds of trouble, attempted murder and so on is typical of drug pushers from down south. Just look at 856. They came and all sorts of drive by shootings, murders, and violence took and is still taking place. Just because a legal address is Carcross, let's be clear that they sure weren't living there for very long before this happened.

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Guncache on Dec 3, 2019 at 5:48 pm

These 2 POS should be serving some serious time. If bail is granted they will disappear. Couple of drug dealers from down south up here collecting a debt. Are they some of Trudeaus new diversification people? They may have a Carcross address but they are not from there. Just using it as a hideout. Welcome to Canada, LOSERS.

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Steven on Dec 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm

Settle down there, Donna. This article says "Carcross resident"... meaning they LIVE in Carcross, which is true, whether they rent the property or not.

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Matthew on Dec 3, 2019 at 5:19 pm

What's the saying.. criminals don't follow the law. So how would a fire arm ban affect them? LOL! Need more harsh sentence for gang bangers..

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Matt on Dec 3, 2019 at 4:35 pm

Two losers come up from south and create havoc....deport 'em.

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Donna Johns on Dec 3, 2019 at 2:46 pm

He is in the hospital in Vancouver right now still ALIVE and the shooters ARE NOT FROM CARCROSS!!!!!! I am from Carcross and absolutely EVERYONE in Carcross is LIVID that you would post publicly that these POS are from Carcross!! They are DRUG DEALERS who came from DOWN SOUTH and they were using rented property to hide out NEAR CARCROSS! Do NOT say they are FROM Carcross!!!!!!!!!

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