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Man with nail gun charged after confrontation with pro-Palestinian protesters near Toronto-area synagogue

A man has been charged after a confrontation with pro-Palestinian demonstrators near a synagogue in Thornhill, Ont., Sunday morning, police said.

York Regional Police said they were called to Clark Avenue West and South Promenade around 9:45 a.m. after someone reported being assaulted with a weapon by a man, according to a news release issued on Sunday night.

Officers spoke with witnesses who said a man had stopped his vehicle near pro-Palestinian demonstrators and began “shouting obscenities at them, while becoming confrontational with three of the protestors.

“At one point, one of the victims told police the suspect discharged a nail gun that he was carrying,” reads the release from police.

No injuries have been reported, police said. 

The accused, a 27-year-old man from Vaughan, Ont., is facing several charges, including assault, assault with a weapon, possessing a weapon dangerous to the public and mischief.

Officers said the investigation is ongoing. Police are asking anyone with information or footage to contact investigators or submit a tip anonymously to Crime Stoppers. 

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