Shocking birthday party shooting seems to be par for the course in violent Toronto
These alleged criminals seemed to have no code — or honour.
“There’s nothing more brazen than children outside at a gathering and this kind of violence happening,” Toronto Police Insp. Kelly Skinner told reporters.
Witness Emmalyn Redhead called it “disgusting,” while telling reporters these gunmen “have no respect.”
There was still much shock at the scene Monday, where the mother of the one-year-old grazed by a bullet met with city officials on potential relocation to a hotel or another residence. She said her baby is doing well, and her mother told the Toronto Sun that her 14-year-old granddaughter was also grazed.
“You can see the mark on her arm,” she said.
While Toronto reels in horror, this is hardly the first time we’ve seen this kind of gutless, senseless madness in Toronto.
We are not even six months removed from the shooting of 14-year-old Alyssa Driscoll; just eight months from when a stray bullet killed 12-year-old Dante Andreatta Marroquin; nine months since Hamdi Zakarie was murdered while taking his newborn baby to a medical appointment; 13 months since rapper Dimarjio (Houdini) Jenkins was gunned down; and 17 months since the after-school killing of 15-year-old Safiullah Khosrawi.
Toronto can’t pretend to be shocked and astonished a gunfight would erupt around a bouncy castle, balloons, and birthday cake. Evil slayings of innocent people have become part of life here.
Ask the families of Candice Rochelle Bobb and unborn baby Kyrie as well as many other innocent murder victims such as Vivi Leimonis, Jane Creba, Chantal Dunn, Breanna Davy, Shyanne Charles, Joshua Yasay, Kesean Williams (Brampton), St. Aubyn Rodney, Tyson Bailey, Jarvis Montague, Jordan Manners, and Ephraim Brown.
This sampling of murder victims reminds us far too many young people have been killed in a city that purports to be safe.