A 13-year-old Syrian refugee was among those shot outside an apartment building in Mississauga on Saturday evening. She was the youngest victim, who recently moved to Canada from Turkey with her family, a family friend told CityNews. The young girl was on the first floor of the building when she heard gunshots and ran to the window, where she was hit by a bullet in the Mississauga shooting that left one dead and five injured.
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Police say that gunshots erupted on the set of a rap video that was being filmed in the neighbourhood.
17-year-old Jonathan Davis was the innocent bystander who was killed in the attack. He was a Grade 12 student at Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School. Jonathan was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooting happened at Darcel Avenue near Morning Star Drive just before 6:30 p.m. Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord says it was an "ambush-type" attack, reports Durham Radio News.
The suspects were dressed in dark clothing and ski masks. McCord says they discreetly approached on foot from the side of a building. Once in position, they “indiscriminately” fired into the parkette area with semi-automatic handguns and then fled on foot.
Police say that over 100 shell casings were found on the scene of the crime. The Peel District School Board has put supports in place today for students who need it.
A 16-year-old boy, two 17-year-old boys and a 50-year-old were also shot, along with Jonathan Davis and the 13-year-old girl. They were taken to hospital and all are in stable condition.
Police say that there are still unidentified witnesses who were standing at an ice cream truck at the time, and they need to come forward. Police have spoken to a few of the witnesses, but not all, and one of those who should come forward is the driver of the ice cream truck.
“This brazen act of violence will not be tolerated,” said Peel police Chief Chris McCord to 680 News. “This incident appears to be a targeted attack and I’d like to reassure the community that their safety is the number one concern for me and for the men and women of Peel Regional Police.”
Officers say at least seven suspects were involved in the shooting and some fired more than 100 rounds during the incident.