Wave of shoot­ings in Toronto over week­end

The Prince George Citizen - - News - Emer­ald BENSADOUN

TORONTO — Thir­teen peo­ple were in­jured af­ter nearly a dozen shoot­ings across Toronto over the long week­end, one of which sparked chaos as gun­shots rang out in a packed night­club.

“This is not a nor­mal week­end in the City of Toronto,” said Toronto po­lice Chief Mark Saun­ders at a press con­fer­ence on Mon­day.

He said there were 11 sep­a­rate shoot­ings since Satur­day, with about a third of the in­ci­dents tak­ing place in north Toronto.

Saun­ders said he was par­tic­u­larly con­cerned about a shoot­ing at Dis­trict 45 night­club, which left five peo­ple in­jured.

“I find it dis­turb­ing when you’ve got over 100 peo­ple and some­one would be brazen enough to pull out a gun and start shoot­ing,” he said.

Po­lice spokes­woman Const. Allyson Dou­glas-Cook said the club was at ca­pac­ity with gun­shots were fired early Mon­day, in­jur­ing two men and three women.

One of the male vic­tims re­mains in life-threat­en­ing con­di­tion, she said.

Saun­ders said no suspects have been iden­ti­fied in the shoot­ing, but he called the case “very solv­able.”

He said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are re­view­ing the club’s sur­veil­lance footage and he asked wit­nesses and any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward to po­lice.

Dis­trict 45 re­leased a state­ment that said it was co-op­er­at­ing with po­lice on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

An­other shoot­ing early Mon­day left two men in hos­pi­tal. Po­lice said a nearby ve­hi­cle was found rid­dled with bul­let holes.

Mayor John Tory re­leased a state­ment reaf­firm­ing his po­si­tion on ban­ning hand­guns, which he said he be­lieves would ad­dress gun vi­o­lence in the city.

“This was al­ways put for­ward as a part of the an­swer to gun vi­o­lence to­gether with changes to other laws af­fect­ing things like bail, ad­di­tional sup­port for po­lice, and the para­mount need for all three govern­ments to in­vest to­gether in kids, fam­i­lies and neigh­bour­hoods,” said his state­ment.

Saun­ders said the de­ci­sion to ban guns is up to politi­cians, but he wel­comes any­thing that re­moves firearms from Toronto streets.

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