RISING BODY COUNT: Four killed, four injured in weekend gun violence

There have been 70 homicides in Toronto so far this year compared to 71 murders in all of 2020

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Hours after three deadly shootings, more bullets flew throughout the city Sunday leaving one more dead and four others injured in separate incidents.

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Toronto Police said Sunday’s first shooting saw a 17-year-old boy found injured inside a vehicle on Hwy. 427, near Eglinton Ave. W., around 3 a.m.

The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police said the initial scene of what they believe was a drive-by shooting was at Dixon and Martin Grove Rds.

Investigators are looking for a white suspect vehicle that continued north on Hwy. 427.

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The second shooting on Sunday, police said a woman walked into a Toronto hospital suffering from gunshot wounds around 5 a.m.

Her injuries were considered serious but not life-threatening.

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Police were trying to get the details of where and when the woman was shot.

In the third shooting on Sunday, police said a man was wounded inside Top Star’s Music Recording Studio at Eglinton Ave. W and Oakwood Ave. around 7:45 a.m.

The man in his 30s was transported to hospital suffering from serious injuries.

Police combed that scene for evidence Sunday and removed some items from the restaurant.

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Sunday’s fourth shooting happened in the area of Parliament St. and Wellesley St. E.

Police said a male victim was found suffering from gunshot wounds and was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

Officers located and secured a loaded firearm and found numerous casings in the area.

So far this year, there have been 70 homicides in Toronto — 37 have been gun murders.

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The fifth shooting on Sunday proved fatal. It happened around 9:45 p.m. in Scarborough in the area of Pharmacy Ave. and Eglinton Ave. E.

Police were called for reports a taxi cab driver crashed into a fence and the driver was unresponsive.

Officers found the wounded and injured cab driver, who was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries and later succumbed to his injuries.

The Toronto Police Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation.

Casings were located in the area and the K-9 unit was brought in to assist while area roads were closed as police investigated.

In 2020, there were 71 murders the entire year — 38 by guns.

Sunday’s shootings came on the heels of a murderous Saturday.

Three people were slain within 15 hours in separate incidents that involved multiple rounds of gunfire.

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In the wake of the weekend’s deadly violence, Mayor John Tory said Saturday that something has to be done about the bail system.

“I understand the presumption of innocence,” Tory said. “But I also understand that when people are a risk to public safety and take something like bail, which allows them to be out pending their trial, and over and over again are charged with firearms offences those people should be kept in custody.”

Toronto Police officer Rick Gomez helps Kerry Thomas and George Peters leave flowers at a make-shift memorial for a 36-year-old man known as “Smokey” who was shot to death at an apartment on Eglinton Ave. W., near Keele St., on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.
Toronto Police officer Rick Gomez helps Kerry Thomas and George Peters leave flowers at a make-shift memorial for a 36-year-old man known as “Smokey” who was shot to death at an apartment on Eglinton Ave. W., near Keele St., on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Photo by Jack Boland /Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

However, Criminal Lawyers Association President John Struthers argues against pointing the finger of blame at the bail system.

“The bail system is not the problem,” he said. “It’s the social problem that we are trying to pawn off on the criminal justice system.”

“The bail that they are suggesting is just a revolving door, just isn’t. If you are charged with a gun crime, you’re chances of getting bail are very low,” Struthers added.

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Toronto Police Chief James Ramer took to Twitter assuring “investigators have been working long hours to solve the recent homicides we’ve seen in our city.”

“All are dedicated to bringing justice to those who have been impacted by these tragedies,” he said.

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Kamal Daley, 28, of Toronto, was gunned down at Jane St. and Yorkwoods Gate on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.
Kamal Daley, 28, of Toronto, was gunned down at Jane St. and Yorkwoods Gate on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Photo by Handout /Toronto Police

TIMELINE OF TRIGGER TERROR

Saturday

12:36 a.m. — Kamal Daley, 28, of Toronto, was shot to death at Jane St. and Yorkwoods Gate., south of Finch Ave. W.

2:20 a.m. — A 36-year-old man, Donald Leroy “Smokey” Marson, was fatally shot in a laneway on Eglinton Ave. W., near Keele St.

3:42 p.m. — A man was gunned down in a plaza parking lot at Weston Rd. and Hwy 401.

Sunday

3 a.m. — A suspected drive-by shooting seriously injured a boy, 17, inside a car on Hwy. 427 at Eglinton Ave. W.

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5 a.m. —  A woman walked into a Toronto hospital suffering from serious gunshot wounds but it was unclear where the shooting occurred.

7:44 a.m. — A man was found suffering from serious gunshot wounds near or in a restaurant in the area of Eglinton Ave. W. and Oakwood Ave.

Just after 8 p.m. — A male victim was found suffering from gunshot wounds in the area of Parliament St. and Wellesley St. E. He was rushed to hospital with serious injuries..

Around 9:45 p.m. – A cab driver in the area of Pharmacy Ave. and Eglinton Ave. E. was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being found with gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead.

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