This week has been a particularly tragic one when it comes to crime in Toronto. Each morning we have been waking up to another shooting and it's starting to worry everyone.
The GTA is home to over 5 million people so crime is expected to happen. Though it is expected, this past week gun violence has been happening around the city at an alarming rate.
Man with no vital signs from a shooting at Yonge Dundas Square. Victim transported to trauma centre with multiple wounds. Police now interviewing many witnesses and the ETF is on scene. Yonge St closed in the area. #Toronto pic.twitter.com/cyAeDOjzQS— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyGlobalTV) May 31, 2018
Starting on Sunday, the police were notified of four separate shootings. One shooting occurred near Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute and resulted in the death of 21-year-old Venojan Suthesan.
Monday night there was another shooting where 37-year-old Matthew Staikos was killed. He was a CEO of a tech startup called Vleepo and was, at the time, identified as the sixth person killed in a period of eight days.
On Wednesday night another shooting in Yonge and Dundas square caused the death of another man who had no vital signs upon arrival to the scene. The shot rang out while Ginella Massa was on air and could be heard very clearly on the CityNews eleven o'clock coverage. Three suspects were seen fleeing the area after the shots rang out.
At 11:09pm Wed May 30, 2018 Toronto Police responded to a call for a shooting at Yonge & Dundas. 1 man was shot and died. Witnesses asked to contact homicide investigator Steve Henkel at 416-808-7400 [email protected] Anonymous tips Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 https://t.co/eZQrd5OCTQ— Homicide Squad (@TPSHomicide) May 31, 2018
The mayor of Toronto, John Tory, said that the gun violence is shocking and in no way can be brushed aside. He has already spoken to Toronto Police Cheif Mark Saunders about the crimes and was assured that police enforcement is doing everything that they can.
Because of the recent spike in shootings this past month many online have started comparing it to the "summer of the gun" in 2005. Data shows that there have been 162 shootings so far this year but it does display that the number of shootings is on the rise year after year.
Source: BT Toronto