Victim of Flemingdon Park shooting ‘lucky to be alive’
Published Friday, May 26, 2017 11:23AM EDT Last Updated Friday, May 26, 2017 6:41PM EDT
The brother of a 25-year-old man who was shot in Flemingdon Park in April said his brother is “lucky to be alive” while speaking at a news conference on Friday morning.
Samuel Taylor was fixing his vehicle while visiting a friend near Grenoble Drive in the area of Eglinton Avenue East and Don Mills Road when he was approached by two men with handguns who opened fire on him at around 10 p.m. on April 13.
While driving in the area, Taylor pulled over to work on his vehicle when a passing cab driver stopped in front of him to help.
After the car was fixed Taylor drove once around the block once to ensure the vehicle was alright, parked again, and was then approached by two male suspects, police said.
Both of the suspects shot at Taylor multiple times.
The victim’s brother David Taylor said that gun violence has never affected their family before.
“My family and I are glad Samuel is alive but personally what keeps me up at night – what keeps all of us up at night is the fact that these men are still at large and their guns can be used again on anyone they choose,” David said.
He said these suspects are a risk to the public.
“I am urging, I am imploring that if anyone in the Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities has any information regarding this shooting to come forward and aid Toronto police in this investigation.”
Speaking at the news conference, Det. Sgt. Jim Gotell with Toronto police said there is no reason to believe that Taylor knew his assailants.
“It very well could have been that he was the wrong person,” Gotell said.
Taylor was critically injured by multiple gunshot wounds as a result of the attack. He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries following the shooting.
“Fortunately Taylor survived this shooting,” Gotell said.
Police released security video to the public on Friday of the two suspect vehicles involved in an effort to identify the suspects.
“After the shooting the two men fled in separate vehicles that were waiting close by – a white –coloured vehicle and a dark-coloured Sedan,” he said.
Police said there have been four shootings in this neighbourhood within the past five months.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 416-808-5400.