A 21-year-old man was strolling with a gaggle on a busy downtown avenue Sunday afternoon when he was shot and critically injured, Toronto police say.
Emergency crews responded to Queen Avenue West and Niagara Avenue, shortly earlier than 5:30 p.m. after a number of experiences of a number of gunshots heard.
Toronto police Insp. Stacey Davis mentioned a gaggle of individuals have been strolling on the sidewalk when gunfire erupted.
“That group dispersed, and our sufferer ran northbound on Manning (Avenue),” she mentioned.
That was the place police discovered an grownup male affected by a gunshot wound to the chest. He was rushed to a trauma centre with critical however non-life-threatening accidents.
Davis mentioned the sufferer is now in steady situation.
The male suspect fled the scene on foot, Davis instructed reporters. He’s described as Black, five-foot-eight with a slim construct. His face was probably coated with a bandana, and he was carrying all black clothes.
Police mentioned the suspect had a black handgun.
Officers recovered three shell casings on the scene, Davis mentioned.
When requested if the sufferer or the group was focused, she mentioned, “I am unable to really say that for sure as a result of our sufferer was strolling in a gaggle of people.”
“Whether or not or not the shooter was taking pictures on the complete whole group or if our sufferer was really focused, I do not know that.”
Davis described the incident as “disturbing” primarily as a result of there have been many individuals within the space on the time.
“Luckily, there is just one sufferer, in contrast to yesterday,” Davis mentioned. She was referring to Saturday’s quadruple shooting near Jane and Finch that critically injured an harmless 12-year-old boy.
“There have been a whole bunch of people who have been out strolling round. There are nonetheless individuals strolling round so clearly, it is a neighborhood security concern. It is a policing concern.”
She mentioned a number of witnesses remained on the scene and had spoken to officers.
“Nonetheless, that group, we’re nonetheless making an attempt to establish any of these people,” Davis mentioned.
“I perceive this could possibly be demanding for them. So, in the event that they’d prefer to name Crime Stoppers to present us some data, that will be implausible.”
She can be interesting for companies within the space to examine their surveillance movies and phone police if they’ve data.
“The video is essential,” Davis mentioned. “If we will monitor it down the road from the place the sufferer got here from, the place the suspects got here from, it could assist us piece this collectively.”