Five teens were injured in a “targeted” shooting near Eglinton Avenue West and Keele Street on Wednesday night.
In a news conference at the scene of the shooting, Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said the incident started when a black sedan arrived at a building on Clearview Heights Road shortly after 7 p.m. Three suspects went in through a side door and opened fire on a group standing in the hallway.
“This is a very solvable case … I think if we can work collectively with the community,” said Saunders, who described the shooting as “targeted.”
Police were called around 7:30 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found two people in the hallway of the building, and later found two more suffering from gunshot wounds nearby.
Later on, a fifth victim suffering from a gunshot wound went to a hospital.
Three victims were transported to the trauma centres by the paramedics via an emergency run. The victims include two girls, aged 16 and 17, and three boys from the ages of 16 to 18, police said.
“The injuries range from serious to life-threatening,” said Attila Bodo from Toronto Paramedics.
Saunders said the suspects left soon after the shooting and were last seen heading toward Tretheway Drive. The suspects are believed to be teenagers or in their early 20s, Saunders said. They were wearing dark clothing with hoodies.
Around 20 shell cases from the guns were found at the scene, but the guns haven’t been recovered yet, police said.
Saunders also commented on the rampant gun violence in the city of Toronto in recent months.
“My biggest concern right now is that there are three people right now that have no issues shooting firearms in the city of Toronto. Right now we’ve got 235 people that have been shot in the city of Toronto in this year. I haven’t seen this number before. We’re actively doing our part and making the apprehensions.”
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