Man killed in Re­gent Park 2nd man wounded in early-morn­ing shoot­ing

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - ANTONELLA ARTUSO aar­tuso@post­media.com

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.

JOHN HANLEY PHOTO VERON­ICA HENRI/TORONTO SUN

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.

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