Two dead and nine injured, but rash of six weekend shootings likely not linked, Toronto police say

The general public doesn’t need to be worried that a rash of recent shootings are linked after two people were killed and another nine injured in six incidents over the weekend, Toronto police say.

Those injured but expected to survive include two teenagers who were standing near a playground in the city’s west end in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday, said Supt. Steven Watts, speaking to reporters outside police headquarters on College Street on Monday.

“These were different events with different locations,” Watts said, explaining that police do not believe the incidents were connected. “I’m not going to comment on certain links to certain events, but I don’t feel that the general public is in any danger.”

The spate of shootings began Friday night and ramped up over the weekend.

At 10:40 pm on Friday, police responded to an apartment building on Waterton Road in the Weston neighborhood. Watts said one male victim died and another made his own way to a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and is now in non-life-threatening condition.

Saturday saw one shooting in the early morning hours, with police responding to a 7-Eleven on Bathurst Street near Lawrence Heights after 3 am after another male victim walked in with multiple gunshot wounds. He was sent to hospital and is now expected to recover.

Sunday saw the most violence, with four separate shootings over five hours, starting at a Humber Boulevard complex in the Rockcliffe-Smythe neighborhood north of St. Clair Avenue West.

Two victims, 15 and 17 years old, were in a common courtyard near a playground when they were shot, Watts said. They were taken to hospital before 3 pm with serious injuries, but both expected to survive.

More than eight kilometers away and less than two hours later, police responded to another call, again in Lawrence Heights, for an adult male victim with gunshot wounds. He is also recovering.

Less than 10 minutes later, and an eight-minute drive away, another victim died on the scene at a Lotherton Pathway townhome — the second homicide of the weekend.

And later just after 8 pm in the parking lot of McCowan Road plaza, a gunfire broke out at what Watts called an “unsanctioned” car meet-up. Four victims, three males and one female, were injured but are in non-life-threatening condition.

Police have not released any suspect information related to any of the shootings, but Watts said they believe there were multiple witnesses and potentially dash camera footage from the car meet on Sunday.

Asked about concerns about multiple shootings, Watts said in his experience and from available data the issue of firearms in Toronto continues to be illegally imported guns from the United States.


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