One dead after shooting near two Scarborough high schools

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One dead after shooting near two Scarborough high schools


A male victim is dead after a shooting near two Scarborough high schools Wednesday afternoon.

Both schools were placed on precautionary lockdown for around three hours after the shooting. The lockdowns have since been lifted.

Toronto paramedics found a boy around 17- or 18-years-old in life-threatening condition suffering from multiple gunshot wounds after a shooting at Birchmount Rd. and Bonis Ave. on Wednesday. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.
Toronto paramedics found a boy around 17- or 18-years-old in life-threatening condition suffering from multiple gunshot wounds after a shooting at Birchmount Rd. and Bonis Ave. on Wednesday. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.  (Andrew Francis Wallace / Toronto Star)

Toronto paramedics said they responded to a call at Birchmount Rd. and Bonis Ave., near Sheppard Ave. E., at 1:30 p.m. and found a male they estimated at around 17- or 18-years-old in life-threatening condition, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said police shut down streets in the surrounding area to transport the victim more efficiently to hospital. He was pronounced dead in hospital.

The shooting occurred in relatively close proximity to the two schools, police said.

While there are no injuries reported at either school.

Police said they have no suspects yet. No description of the shooter has been released.

The 17 Birchmount bus will detour southbound, via Huntingwood Dr., Warden Ave. and Sheppard Ave. E., while the run is taking place, the TTC said in a tweet.

Southbound Birchmount St. remains closed at Bonis Ave. to vehicles and pedestrians.

The killing is Toronto’s 83rd homicide of the year and the second in less than 24 hours.

Earlier Wednesday, police identified Dwayne McMillan, 44, as the victim of a shooting near York University’s Keele campus Tuesday night.

The city’s record for annual homicides is 89, a mark set in 1991.

Anyone with information on the situation is asked to contact police.

With files from Alexandra Jones

Emerald Bensadoun is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @twerk_vonnegut





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