A man was shot to death Christmas Eve in the stairwell of a Lawrence Heights building.
Toronto Police responded to the building in the area of Replin and Flemington Rds. — near Allen Rd. and Lawrence Ave. W. — around 9:15 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired.
A man in his 20s was found suffering from gunshot wounds and was taken to hospital where he died.
“This shooting is now a homicide,” Const. Dave Hopkinson said Saturday.
The dead man, whose name was not immediately released, is the city’s 83rd murder victim of the year and the 45th killed by a firearm.
There are reports that suspects were seen fleeing the area traveling south on foot, Hopkinson said.
Another shooting took place at 8 a.m. on Christmas Day at St Clair Ave. W. and Hilton Ave. — just east of Bathurst St.
Police say a car struck some other cars, fled the scene, and officers subsequently located a suspect armed with a gun in a vehicle in an underground parking lot.
Officers struggled with the man before taking him into custody.
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In another case, a man was wounded in a shooting at a house party in the area of Williams Pkwy. and Chinguacousy Rd. around 6 p.m. on Friday.
Police on scene located the victim and he was transported to a local hospital.
There was no suspect information.