The brother of a man who survived a brazen shooting joined police asking for the public’s help identifying two suspects wanted in connection with the attempted murder.
On Thursday, April 13, at around 10 a.m., Samuel Taylor was working on his car, parked at the side of the street in the area of Grenoble Dr. and Vendome Place, when two men, armed with handguns, approached him and started shooting.
The victim, visiting a friend in the area, received multiple injuries and was critically injured.
After the attack, the suspects fled in separate cars waiting close by. The cars have been described as white- and dark-coloured sedans.
At a press conference at police headquarters on May 26, David Taylor said his brother underwent numerous life-saving surgeries and is recovering.
“I am urging, I am imploring, anyone in the Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities who have any information regarding the shooting to come forward and aid Toronto Police in this investigation,” he said. “My family and I are glad that Samuel is alive, but what keeps us up at night is the fact that these men are still at large and their guns can be used on anyone they choose.”
Surrounded by other family members, Taylor said this is the first time his family has been affected by gun violence.
“We honestly don’t know what to do,” he said. “All we know is that we almost lost a dear family member for what seems like no reason at all and, at this point, we are praying and putting our trust in God, Toronto Police and the people of Toronto to help apprehend these violent men…This widespread violence is causing irreparable damage and is tearing families apart. I am compelled to ask the citizens of Toronto to help police get these illegal firearms off the street.”
The shooting was captured on several video cameras in the area and police released images.
“It is hoped that one or both of the suspects or the vehicles will be recognized and identified by a member of the public,” said D/Sgt. Jim Gotell.
The 54 Division officer said this was the fourth shooting in the last five months in the same neighbourhood.
On January 16, a car was found in an underground garage with numerous bullet holes through the windshield. On February 17, near Don Mills Rd. and Gateway Plaza, an 18-year-old man was shot in the thigh and calf. Three suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with this shooting.
On March 13, in the vicinity of Vendome Place and Grenoble Dr., a 15-year-old boy was walking home after playing basketball when he was approached by two men who fired a weapon at him. He received a grazing bullet wound.
Anyone with information on any of the shootings is asked to contact 54 Division Major Crime Unit at 416-808-5400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.