The 68th and 69th murders of the year put Toronto at the rate of about 85 homicides this year, which would be the second highest number of murders since 2007.
Two men were killed in separate shootings overnight as gun violence continues unabated in the city.
Toronto police say the first man was found dead on Jane St. and Yorkwoods Gt. – south of Finch Ave. W. – around 12:30 am
Officers responded to reports of a man on the ground “unconscious” and “not breathing,” police tweeted on Saturday.
Police say officers “began to take action to save lives” but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators found “evidence of gunfire” nearby, police say.
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The man’s name was not immediately released, but it is the city’s 68th. th Murder Victim of the Year.
Two hours after that man, believed to be in his 20s, was killed, another man was shot in an apartment on Eglinton Ave. W., east of Keele St.
“Police arrived at the scene and located a 36-year-old man in an apartment who had been shot,” Const said. Laura Brabant said in a statement released Saturday.
She said officers began taking life-saving measures, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Investigators are appealing to anyone who witnessed the shooting, or was in the area at the time and has video surveillance or dash cam footage to contact them,” Brabant said.
The man, whose name was not immediately released, is city 69. th Murder Victim of the Year.
Of the 69 murders so far this year, 36 were killed with firearms and 13 were stabbed to death.
With 10 weeks remaining in 2021, Toronto is on track to commit around 85 homicides this year, which would be the second highest number of murders since 2007.
Anyone with information on any of the city’s latest fatal shootings should call homicide detectives at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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