If you’ve been paying attention to the crime news in Toronto this year, you’ve likely heard numerous stories about people being killed on a seemingly regular basis.
This weekend was the latest what many are seeing as a significant rise in the number of fatal occurrences this year.
The city saw a number of deadly incidents happen in a short period of time, with 3 people killed in less than 10 hours.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a man was found shot in the head in the common area on the fourth floor of an apartment building. Police have not arrested anyone for the killing at this time.
Police describe a suspect as a white male, who was last seen wearing a black jacket, pants and a baseball cap.
In another incident, two women were stabbed and one of them - an 84-year-old woman – lost her life. Police arrested a 31-year-old man, who now faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.
Another multiple stabbing this weekend also led to a Toronto man's death. No suspects have been arrested in connection with the stabbing.
The incidents all took place within 10 hours of one another, and have pushed the city’s murder total close to what it was for all of last year.
A total of 63 people have died by homicide this year according to police. That’s just 3 less than all of 2017.
Toronto Police, the Mayor, Ontario’s Premier and the Federal government have all started to work together in an attempt to bring down the murder rate in the city.
Premier Doug Ford, for example, has pledged that the city will receive $25 million over the next 4 years to help combat gun crime.
City council has also asked Justin Trudeau’s government to look at banning hand guns in the city.
Toronto's record high for murders was in 2007 when there were 86. The city isn't far off from that now.
Source: Toronto Star