Four men injured in shootings: Toronto blames street gangs
Toronto expects to witness “hundreds” of other street gang shootings by the end of the year, police chief Mark Saunders said in a press conference on Saturday morning. an exchange of fire that left four wounded in the north of the city.
“What’s unfortunate is that there are going to be more people going to get shot,” Chief Saunders told reporters.
He confirmed that criminal gangs are responsible for the recent upsurge in gun violence. The most recent incident occurred around 1:00 am on Saturday night near the Yorkdale Mall.
According to Mark Saunders, more than 30 shots were exchanged between two groups and investigators are looking for at least four suspects.
The investigators believe that four suspects were aboard a black sedan when three of them left the vehicle to fire.
At least one other man would have responded to the shooting by unsheathing a weapon in turn. The three men were then reassembled in the black car and left the scene.
The four injured people are all male and their injuries would not be life threatening. None of them would have agreed to collaborate with the investigators.
One of the victims reportedly drove herself to the hospital and a second was reported to be near the scene of the shooting by the authorities. Police officers reportedly found one of the wounded men, hidden in a public washroom. One of the wounded men would be a simple passerby who was “in the wrong place, at the wrong time,” said the Toronto Police Service Chief.
Mark Saunders expects short-term retaliation from a rival gang.
“It’s very responsive, everything is planned when that kind of thing happens. My fear is that they have no respect for the rest of the population, said the chief of police. When you live in a city of three million people, unfortunately, there are people who will be exposed to danger. ”
He asks citizens to remain cautious and report any suspicious events to the police.
Not to mention Saturday’s shootings, Toronto was the scene of 274 shootings in 2019, killing 412 people killed or injured.