Gang rivalries likely behind shootings: Blair
Published Friday, September 26, 2008 2:28PM EDT
A spate of three shootings in Toronto on Thursday is probably related to inter-gang rivalries, says Toronto's police chief.
"There are some young men who are exchanging gunfire, sometimes in very public places and putting a lot of people at risk, so naturally this is of concern to us," Bill Blair told reporters on Friday.
One shooting on Bleecker Street near Wellesley had the emergency task force out.
Two individuals suspected to be associated with that incident showed up later at area hospitals suffering from gunshot wound.
Two other incidents occurred in the city's west -- one at Jane and Woolner at 4 p.m. and the second at Keele and Cameron, which is just south of Eglinton Ave. W. just minutes later.
Officers believe the shots at the Jane/Woolner incident were fired from an orange SUV.
One person suffered minor injuries in the Keele/Cameron incident.
On Wednesday, a shot was fired in the Yonge and Alexander Street area.
The advertising campaign for a current Hollywood crime drama is gaining some negative attention.
The movie "Righteous Kill," starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, features the line: "Most people respect the badge. Everybody respects the gun."
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At Queen's Park on Thursday, Liberal York West MPP Mario Sergio tabled a petition saying the line glorifies gun violence.
"We invite Al Pacino and Robert De Niro to come to our communities and promote a message of hope instead of glorifying violence," he said.
As of Thursday, more than 80 people had signed the petition.
Sergio's riding includes the Jane-Finch area, which has seen a rash of gun violence in recent days.