Two men, both known to police, came together on a bright Sunday morning in downtown Oshawa.
It is not known if murder was on either of their minds, but at least one came armed with a gun.
Prepared. Ready for what they may have suspected was going to unfold.
And by the time their interaction ended in a downtown apartment, one of them was dead and the other was critically wounded.
Noah Renison, 35, is in stable condition in a Toronto hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. He is also charged with first-degree murder.
Justin Blight, 27 and a father of two, is dead.
Renison has a lengthy police record and is a reputed member of Hells Angels outlaw affiliate club the Red Devils Motorcycle Club. He once even posted condolences on the passing of a legendary British Angel named Mick.
In 2013, he pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm, tampering with the serial number and drug possession. Renison was sentenced to five years in prison and also given a lifetime weapons prohibition.This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Apparently, it didn’t take.
Besides the drugs and guns, cops also seized a treasure trove of Hells Angels paraphernalia in that particular bust.
In 2018, Renison was arrested again and charged after cops seized two semi-automatic guns from an Oshawa home. Again, Hells Angels swag was also seized.
Renison and three others were charged with facing unauthorized possession of firearms and possession of firearms obtained by crime.
At the time, Durham detectives and members of the OPP’s biker squad feared there were rising tensions between the Angels, their longtime rivals the Outlaws and their various minor league proxies.
Neither the 2018 charges or 2020 first-degree murder charge have been proven in court. But if Renison is convicted, he can look forward to decades in prison.
Blight was also no stranger to the local constabulary, but it isn’t known if he had any gang affiliations.We apologize, but this video has failed to load.
On social media Tuesday, Blight was remembered as a loving father and caring friend. Someone who didn’t deserve to die in a hail of bullets, but then again, who does?
“You were nothing but kind and always tried to help the best you knew how to,” one friend wrote. “I can’t believe that you’re gone, I wish this was just a really bad joke.”
Sadly, Blight’s murder — the eighth homicide in Durham Region in 2020 — is no joke.
On his own Facebook page, Blight had posted numerous photos of the two sons he was obviously so proud of.
A different turn here or there and who knows how his life may have turned out. His friends and family are left with those what-ifs and a smattering of memories.This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Durham Regional Police did not respond to calls for comment.
On Sunday, spokesperson Sgt. George Tudos said the daylight shooting was “very uncommon” for Durham.We apologize, but this video has failed to load.
But from Oshawa to Hamilton, the once “very uncommon” is becoming increasingly routine. Gunplay, murder and mayhem are now a daily reality whether you’re in Rexdale or Rosedale.
And Oshawa got its taste on a Sunday morning when it seemed preordained that someone was going to die.
That someone was Justin Blight, 27. A father of two. A friend. A brother. A son.