Police ID Shooting Victim as Victim of Car Crash That Struck Teen Home

Authorities have identified the shooting victim who crashed into a Scarborough home on Sunday morning. Emergency services responded to a report of shots fired in the 10600 block of Riverdale just after 9 a.m….

Police ID Shooting Victim as Victim of Car Crash That Struck Teen Home

Authorities have identified the shooting victim who crashed into a Scarborough home on Sunday morning.

Emergency services responded to a report of shots fired in the 10600 block of Riverdale just after 9 a.m. and found a man lying on the sidewalk who was shot several times, police said.

The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. A helicopter was brought in to help search for the shooter who fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, which ended up crashing into a home about two miles away.

The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital at 10:07 a.m. and police have opened a homicide investigation.

At a news conference on Sunday, police said the victim knew the person who stole the vehicle, but officers did not have any information regarding a motive for the shooting.

“At this point, we do not have a detailed description of the driver of the vehicle,” Sgt. Daryl Kavanagh said. “We do not have a detailed description of the suspect, so until we have those things we can’t determine if this person was randomly targeted or if they were targeted due to another known circumstance between them.”

Several neighbors said they heard and saw the incident, according to local media.

“I heard [what sounded like] a car engine revving and then a loud shot was fired,” Evelyn Palmiroz, who lives a few houses down from the scene, told CTV Toronto. “Then I ran downstairs. We heard two more shots after that.”

An 18-year-old male has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting, police said. He is in custody and is being held in the city’s downtown facility.

The office of Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders has ordered homicide detectives to probe the death of the man who was found Sunday morning.

Saunders told reporters the investigation is “vital” and that he hopes the public will come forward with information.

In July, police in the city launched a murder cold case unit after an increase in violent crime sparked concern. The amount of homicides recorded in Toronto soared past 300 for the first time in more than a decade in 2018, prompting the city to declare a state of emergency.

Vigils were held in several parts of the city over the weekend to pay tribute to victims of the most recent shooting.

As police investigate the shooting, residents and community groups are calling for stronger gun control laws in the city.

“Gun control is the key to violence reduction,” Mayor John Tory told reporters on Sunday. “That’s really what we have to do, we have to put in place gun control and gun legislation.”

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