Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders speaks to reporters outside an apartment building in Toronto, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Toronto police say five teens have been shot in the western part of the city in a targeted shooting. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston

Five teens wounded in targeted shooting, Toronto police look for suspects: chief

Three of the victims were rushed to hospital with serious injuries

Five teens were shot Wednesday night in what police are calling a targeted attack in Toronto’s west end.

Chief Mark Saunders said the shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. when two people opened fire in a building hallway.

He said the victims include a 16-year-old girl, a 17-year-old girl and three males between the ages of 16 to 18.

Three of the victims were rushed to hospital with serious injuries, Saunders added.

Police initially reported four people were shot, but Saunders told reporters that a fifth person later brought themselves into hospital.

Toronto has been grappling with a rising number of shootings. Saunders and Mayor John Tory have repeatedly called for a handgun ban.

“There is the concern of retribution and so if there is going to be any type of retribution, then that would add to our count and that is something that is concerning,” Saunders said. He asked the public for tips to help the investigation.

“So that’s why we’re making this appeal to hope that we can apprehend these people before any future gun violence happens in our city.”

Saunders said investigators, including the police gang unit, are looking for three male suspects in their late teens and early 20s.

He said they drove to the building in a dark sedan before two of them started shooting at people in the hallway. Police recovered more than 20 bullet casings from the scene.

Saunders said police will be looking at surveillance footage in the area to get more evidence.

“We have five who were shot, they are very young people, and there is no need to for this to happen,” Saunders said.

“If we can solve this one, it would be a good one for the city of Toronto.”

ALSO READ: Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

The Canadian Press


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

New emergency and public alerts system released by the RDBN

This new mass communication system is called Voyent Alert.

“The Great Regional Air Hug” being organized by the Vanderhoof International Airshow Society

A multi-aircraft flyover over the region is being planned for August 15.

Drive-by parade being held for seniors in Vanderhoof

The route covers long-term care homes in the district as well as the hospital.

P.G.’s Barb Ward-Burkitt named new chair of Minister’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women

A survivor of domestic abuse herself, Ward-Burkitt has served as vice-chair since 2018

Houston mill to re-open June 8

Ends lengthy shutdown which began in March

VIDEO: B.C. dentist gets grand welcome home after two months in hospital fighting COVID-19

Michael Chow was given a surprise send off by hospital staff and ‘welcome home’ from neighbours

‘Like finding a needle in a haystack’: Ancient arrowhead discovered near Williams Lake

The artifact is believed to be from the Nesikip period between 7,500 BP to 6,000 BP

Indigenous families say their loved ones’ deaths in custody are part of pattern

Nora Martin joins other Indigenous families in calling for a significant shift in policing

Friends, family mourn Salt Spring Island woman killed in suspected murder-suicide

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for Jennifer Quesnel’s three sons

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Indigenous chief alleges RCMP beat him during arrest that began over expired licence plate

Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam calling for independent investigation

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

UPDATED: Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park arrested

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

Most Read