Former gang enforcer involved in brutal machete attack gets nearly six years
A former gang enforcer who attacked two residents of a Downtown Eastside rooming house with a machete and was later found in possession of a loaded firearm has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.
Storm Shadow Peeace, 29, pleaded guilty to the June 9, 2019, assault of a couple at the single-room occupancy building at 375 Princess Ave.
Along with two other men, Peeace entered a room and used the machete to cut one of the victims, nearly severing his thumb. When the other victim tried to kick him, he responded by striking her in the leg with the machete. She required 40 stitches to repair the laceration.
During the attack, one of the other men accompanying Peeace pointed a firearm at one of the victims, cocked it and stated, ‘Give it up, give it all up and you won’t get hurt,’ before using the gun to hit the victim repeatedly in his head and body.
He concealed the machete in a nearby lane, but police recovered the weapon and testing revealed the presence of DNA linking it to the crime.
The victims were initially co-operative with police but did not submit victim impact statements for the court.
In his sentencing decision, provincial court Judge Reginald Harris recognized the disruption the attack likely caused to a fragile community.
“Specifically, rooming houses are homes to some of society’s most vulnerable, and I have no doubt that the violence and the ensuing chaos likely caused fear for many who simply wanted to live in a peaceful and safe environment.”
The judge noted that the accused, who identifies as Indigenous and had an upbringing that was “chaotic” and “horrific,” was born in Calgary and by age 16 was living on the streets, using drugs and a member of the Fresh Off the Boat gang.