Residents of Scarborough apartment complex shaken by deadly shooting

Woman traumatized after seeing the bloodied victim and trying to help

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If any of them were standing in their kitchen, they could have been cut down by two bullets.

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“If it were three minutes earlier,” a shaken 17-year-old said in his Scarborough apartment, describing the moment the bullets ripped in.

The teen, who did not want to be identified, was in the unit at the time along with his father and his four younger brothers – one of them just a year old.

Minutes earlier, some of his siblings were in the kitchen where bullets ricocheted off cupboards, pierced one wall and bounced off another.

“I was just stunned. I was just shook. I didn’t know what to do,” the teenager said. “I just heard screaming.”

The screaming was just below his window.

Neighbours in the building near Lawrence Ave. E. and Orton Park Rd. discovered a man riddled with bullets.

Toronto Police said they received reports just after 10 p.m. of shots coming from a car that fled the scene.

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No description of the vehicle has been released.

A man in his twenties, who has not yet been identified, was hit and pronounced dead at the scene.

A man in his 20s was shot to death outside lowrise apartment building at 3945 Lawrence Ave. E. in Scarborough on Tuesday night. (Pictured) A resident points to a hole in a kitchen wall where one of two stray rounds struck after flying through a second-floor apartment window on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.
A man in his 20s was shot to death outside lowrise apartment building at 3945 Lawrence Ave. E. in Scarborough on Tuesday night. (Pictured) A resident points to a hole in a kitchen wall where one of two stray rounds struck after flying through a second-floor apartment window on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. Photo by Jack Boland /Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

“As soon as I looked out the window, I saw him on the ground,” the teen boy said. “When I heard it, I knew it wasn’t fireworks because it was fast.”

After rushing his siblings into a bedroom, he called his mother at work.

She is now so fearful, she wants out of the area.

“It’s sad because I don’t want to sleep. I’m scared for my children. Everyone is scared in this house. I don’t want to stay here. I have little children,” she said, standing just outside her kitchen.

Police officers removed two bullets from beside their refrigerator and their couch.

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Another woman, from a neighbouring building, heard the gunshots and rushed outside after calling 911.

She and two other neighbours tried to help the victim before police arrived.

She is traumatized by what she saw.

“I’m looking at the image of what I saw – there was nothing we could do” she said in the parking lot Wednesday. “There was no way you could do CPR on him last night.”

Glass at the front door of the building sustained a bullet hole.

Beside a family’s dining table, their window is pocked with evidence that even in their kitchen, they are not safe.

“I’m just thankful that none of us got hit,” the 17-year-old boy said.

slaurie@postmedia.com

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