Shootings in Toronto on the rise, statistics show

Oct 21, 2016 | News

Three shootings, one fatal, have been reported near Humber College this week alone.

Toronto Police Services, in a news release, said one of the shootings that occurred earlier this week resulted in one fatality.

The shooting happened Tuesday night on Albion Road and Silverstone Drive, 2.5 kilometers from Humber’s North campus.

Police said that a vehicle pulled up beside the victim’s vehicle and someone began shooting. Multiple shots were fired before the suspect fled.

Two men were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and one of the victims, a 28-year-old man, died. Police identified him as Christian Saarah, 28, of Toronto.

The other victim, a 24-year-old man, remains in hospital in serious condition.

Then, on Thursday night, there were two more shootings – shortly after 9 p.m.

One shooting happened at Scarlett Road near Braeburn Avenue where the victim, a man believed to be in his 40s, was shot once in the chest, CTV reported.

The second shooting was in the Dixon Road and Wincott Drive area where a male was hit was in the hip, CTV reported.

Toronto Police statistics show that both the number of shootings and homicides have increased compared to last year.

As of Oct. 17 2015, 18 people had been shot to death. As of the same date this year, 3o people had died in gun violence.

Below is a map of shootings that have occurred over the last year, that took place near Humber College’s North campus in Etobicoke.

Within a 12 kilometer radius of the campus, six shootings occurred, three resulting in a fatality.