Man killed in Regent Park 2nd man wounded in early-morning shooting
More blood spilled in Regent Park early Saturday.
Police responding to a report of gunshots in the Gerrard and River Sts. area at about 1:24 a.m. found two men with bullet wounds.
A 54-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, while a second was transported with non-lethal wounds to hospital.
Det. Jeffrey Tavares said the shooting appeared targeted.
“He did not live in the complex, he was a visitor ... not known to police,” Taveres said of the murder victim.
The identity of the city’s 40th murder victim of the year wasn’t immediately released because police were still in the process of notifying his next-of-kin.
Police were also not able to provide information on the shooter or shooters Saturday morning, who fled in a vehicle along Gerrard, but said investigators were going through video.
Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to contact 51 Division or Crime Stoppers.
Regent Park, an area with a troubled past, is undergoing an extensive and expensive revitalization with the introduction of mixed-income housing and updated public facilities.
In an online statement, Toronto Community Housing said the goal is to build clean, safe homes for residents and a vibrant community where people thrive.
Yet, crime has persisted in the neighbourhood.
A 30-year-old man was shot dead in the community in July, one of several incidents of violence in what is supposed to be a neighbourhood in transition.
It was not immediately clear whether this latest shooting had any gang links, but the area has been plagued by an ongoing deadly war between the Sic Thugs and the Halal Gang.
A man is wheeled into a hospital after being shot in Regent Park yesterday morning. A 54-yearold man was pronounced dead at the scene. Top right, police cordon off the shooting scene.