One suspect is in custody following a shooting in the downtown core. The shooting happened at around 11:00 PM EST last night, near Ontario and Wellesley Street. Police report that 5 shots were fired and the gunshot victim sustains serious injuries.
Last night's shooting is the fourth that Toronto has seen in less than 24 hours. On Tuesday afternoon, police responded to three separate shootings - all of which happened in broad daylight, Global News reports.
SHOOTING:— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) August 15, 2018
Ontario St + Wellesley St
-5 shots heard
-Man lying on the ground
-Man seen running from area#GO1501129
Police allege that shots were fired at around 1:20 PM Tuesday, near Black Creek Drive and Weston Road in the west end. No injuries were reported, but shell casings were strewn all over the street.
Around the same time, police were responding to calls of shots fired in Etobicoke, where a young man was reportedly shot through the door of his townhouse. The man was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Man in his 20s shot in the back through the door of his townhouse on Silverstone Dr in Etobicoke. Police say there is surveillance camera footage of the incident. This is one of three calls for shots fired in the west end of #Toronto today. pic.twitter.com/pZzIHPWuZE— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyGlobalTV) August 14, 2018
Less than an hour later, police were called to the scene of yet another shooting at Jane Street and Woolner Avenue. Investigations remain ongoing, and it remains unclear whether any of the shootings were related.
Just last week, Toronto's Mayor John Tory published an open letter to Justin Trudeau, imploring the Canadian government to ban the sale of handguns. His letter addresses the city's strategy to curb gun violence, following the unprecedented spike in shootings in Toronto this year.
I sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging the federal government to ban the sale of handguns in the city of Toronto and to take more steps to address gun violence in the city. pic.twitter.com/25crMAhhiq— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) August 6, 2018
Mayor Tory's request also asks for federal funding towards increased police surveillance - including a software that tracks gunshot activity across the city in real time.