Toronto recorded its third gun death in three days with the fatal shooting of a man in the west end -- just one of several such incidents overnight.

Detectives marked a trail of blood outside a plaza in the Jane Street and St. Clair Avenue area where a shooting took place around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

The victim, a man in his early 20s and the city's 26th homicide victim this year, was pronounced dead in hospital.

"There's not much information at this point," Toronto police Staff Sgt. Courtney Chambers told on Sunday.

"We're working on identifying the victim. We're canvassing the area, looking for witnesses, and the investigation is ongoing."

The man was on Woolner Avenue when he was shot. Police say just 10 minutes before the shooting, he ordered a slice from a 2 for 1 pizza parlour.

The suspect took off on foot.

There were other shooting incidents in the city:

  • A man was taken to hospital after being shot in the Markham Road and Eglinton Avenue E. area at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Gunfire erupted at a party in the Kingston Road and Markham Road area at 3:30 a.m. Three people were wounded, but none were seriously injured.
  • A shooting in the Steeles Avenue and Highway 400 area at 5:30 a.m. left its victim in hospital in serious condition. Shots rang out outside an after-hours party. The attendees are not cooperating with police, detectives say.

Police say the shooting near Eglinton Avenue took a strange turn when citizens wrestled an armed suspect to the ground. The suspect allegedly tried to rob four people in a plaza. The men started chasing the suspect and caught up with him in an lobby.

The building's superintendent said shots were fired when the suspect was forced to the ground. He told CTV Toronto the suspect and four men fought over contol of a gun.

"(The suspect) was able to reach for his gun at that point and one of the gentlemen was able to move his hand up fast enough that when it went off, it just missed my head and hit the wall," said the superintendent, refusing to say his name in fear that gangs might be involved in the incident.

The violence continued throughout the night as four people were stabbed in four separate incidents. However, they are all expected to survive their injuries.

Meanwhile, police are continuing their investigation into the murders of Dylan Ellis and Oliver Martin. The two were shot and killed shortly after midnight on Friday as they sat in a Range Rover near the intersection of Niagara Street and Richmond Street.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or online at

With a report from CTV Toronto's Austin Delaney