Anyone who is driving on Highway 401 in Pickering should expect longer than normal travel times on Friday morning due to a series of road closures during rush hour. An ongoing police investigation into a shooting has shut down the westbound collector lanes on the highway, and it is uncertain at the moment when they are expected to re-open.

The incident, which occurred westbound near Whites Road at around 3:23 a.m., has left at least three people injured.

The shooting is reported to have taken place when both vehicles were still moving.

One of the victims was taken to hospital in serious condition due to a gunshot wound to the chest while the others suffered only minor injuries.

It was reported that a bullet grazed a woman, and a man was shot in the arm. According to police, all three victims are currently receiving medical attention for their wounds.

It is thought that there was a fourth occupant in the vehicle. However, that person is said to have fled the scene without talking to authorities.

The victim’s vehicle could be seen riddled with bullet holes on Friday morning. The driver-side window was also shattered.

The motives behind the shooting remain unclear. According to CP24, police are investigating the possibility that it was the result of an earlier dispute that took place at a bar in the Brock Road and Highway 401 area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122, the Toronto OPP detachment at 416-235-4981, or provide information anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Unfortunately, incidents like these are not isolated in Toronto.

Police and Mayor John Tory expressed the importance of a city-wide gun ban back in August after a string of shootings rocked the city.

“This is not Toronto,” Chief Mark Saunders stated during a press conference at police headquarters last summer. “And rest assured that I will be providing the resources where they need to be to solve these cases.”

It is still unclear when the highway will open for commuters. 

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*Disclaimer: cover photo used for illustrative purposes only. 

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