Toronto has seen a number of gun-related incidents this year, and many citizens are becoming concerned over the growing prominence of violence in their neighbourhoods.
Four separate shootings occurred in various parts of the city on May 27, resulting in the death of one and the hospitalization of four others. Venojan Suthesan, was a 21-year-old accounting student at York University, was shot and killed on his way to a gym near Lester B. Pearson Collegiate at Sheppard Ave. E. and Neilson Rd.
Three other men were also shot that night — the first in Kensington Market, the second in St. James Town and the third Scarborough — but luckily they all made it out alive with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to statistics compiled by the Toronto Police, the city has had a total of 162 shootings this year so far, surpassing totals previously seen in the past four years. Of those shootings, 14 were listed as murders, with one of them having occurred just yesterday night.
The most shootings and victims seen for this year landed in the month of May, at 44 and 52 respectively. Despite a 7 per cent drop in total gun-related deaths in 2018 so far, there is still an overall 11 per cent increase in shootings in 2018 compared to last year. This upward trend could be indicative of a wave of violence that has yet to slow down any time soon.
Check out more statistics regarding shootings in the city on the Toronto Police website.