Police are now investigating a series downtown Toronto shootings on September 19. According to Global News, emergency crews were first called to the area of Sumach Street and Dundas Street East just before 10:00 p.m. on Thursday after receiving reports of a shooting.
A spokesperson for Toronto Paramedics told the news outlet that a man was later taken to a trauma centre in serious but non-life-threatening condition. A large open area west of Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre and Regent Park Boulevard was shut down by police while they collected evidence.
Shortly afterwards, police responded to call of a man firing shots at a vehicle at Toronto’s Eaton Centre near Dundas Street West. Officers arrived on the scene just after 11:10 p.m. The area between Dundas Street West and Bay street was also closed down so that police could investigate. A shell casing could be seen near the shopping centre.
CP24 reported that there is no word on whether or not the incidents are connected. Police have yet to release a description of the suspect in either incident.
A person was killed and another found in critical condition following a separate shooting in the area of Middlefield Road and McNicoll. Police arrived on scene shortly before 10:00 p.m. and they quickly located a man with life-threatening injuries.
Back in August, 17 people were reported injured after 14 separate shootings over the Civic Holiday long weekend.
The sharp increase in gun violence forced Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders to make a plea for witnesses to come forward. Mayor John Tory also expressed a need for a Toronto handgun ban.
“This is not Toronto,” Chief Mark Saunders stated during a press conference at police headquarters on August 5. “And rest assured that I will be providing the resources where they need to be to solve these cases.”