Police are looking for two individuals involved in a brazen daytime shooting that left two young sisters critially injured in a playground.
The victims, aged 5 and 9, were caught in a crossfire that occurred at 10 Alton Towers Circle, near McCowan Road and Steeles Avenue in Scarborough. The younger sister was hit in the abdomen and the older sister was hit in the ankle. Both were rushed to the hospital for emergency surgeries and are expected to recover.
"Some cowards came into this neighbourhood and opened fire into a playground," Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters at the scene.
Witnesses saw the shooter fire at least seven shots into the playground where 11 children and one male adult were present. Det-Sgt. Jim Gotell told reporters that the police believe the adult was the intended target, and that the shooter sprayed the bullets haphazardly into the area in attempt to hit him.
"This is a traumatic experience for all the kids in the neighbourhood because this is a park that they play in all summer long," said Stacy London, a nurse who lived nearby. After hearing the gunshots, London went outside to check out the commotion, then quickly rushed back home to get gloves and lend some assistance.
A source told CBC News of earlier reports of two masked men seen in the area in a black Nissan Versa. New photos of the car have been released by the Toronto Police in hopes that it can be identified by the public.
They are also working to identify the children who were at the park at during the shooting and want to speak with the man who is believed to be the target.
Today’s shooting is a totally unacceptable act of gun violence. I have spoken to Chief Mark Saunders and he has assured me that Toronto Police are doing everything possible to catch those responsible for this despicable crime.— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) June 15, 2018
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