Toronto behind 2009 pace for firearms violence
Toronto has seen a cluster of shootings this week, one Friday night, but the number of gunfire incidents is actually behind last year's pace.
Police statistics to Wednesday, Aug. 25 show that there had been 154 shooting incidents so far this year, compared to 179 in 2009. There are 197 victims, compared to 232 in 2009.
That means shootings are down 14 per cent, with a 15 per cent decline in the number of victims.
Ninety-one people have been killed or injured by gunfire so far in 2010, compared to 121 in 2009. That represents a 25-per-cent decline.
The total number of homicides in Toronto so far this year is 36, which is two fewer than 2009 -- a five-per-cent decline.
Those statistics don't include a Friday evening shooting at 100 Tyndall Ave. in the King Street West and Dufferin Street area. That victim was taken to St. Michael's Health on an emergency run. He had reportedly been shot in the upper body.
Nor do the statistics includee two shootings in the Spadina Avenue/Dundas Street West area on Thursday night
The shooting started at 7 p.m. at 175 Grange Ave. near the Atkinson Housing Co-op. Both victims were sent to hospital, but their injuries weren't considered life-threatening.
Thursday night's incident was the third shooting in three days. Eight people had been struck by bullets in those incidents.
One man -- Randy Anthony Malcolm, 24, and once wanted for attempted murder -- died of his wounds. He had been shot in a community housing project near Flemington Park on Tuesday night.
Malcolm is Toronto's 37th homicide victim this year. Another man was wounded that night.
Four young men were wounded in a shooting on Humber Boulevard South near Weston Road and Black Creek Drive on Wednesday night.
"There's definitely something happening," Const. Wendy Drummond of the Toronto Police Service said Friday.
One woman in a Humber Boulevard housing complex suggested gang-related activity might be behind the violence.
She's worried about her children.
Another man showed how some of the stray bullets from Tuesday night entered his mother's unit.
Christopher Moore was in his room upstairs when the gunfire broke out in the Cather Crescent neighbourhood shooting. He showed CTV Toronto where a bullet came through a door, leaving a still-visible hole.
Had his mother been anywhere in the living room, she could have been hit, he said.
With a report from CTV Toronto's Austin Delaney