The presence of officers patrolling the Danforth Rd. and Eglinton Ave. E. community where there has been a spate of gun violence in a one-kilometre radius in the last month led to the arrest of three suspects alleged to have been involved in a shooting.
There have been nine shootings in the area in the last four weeks, the most recent been on August 27 around 9.30 p.m., when shots were fired outside a restaurant atDanforth Rd. and Savarin St. strip plaza.
Two men are in hospital with serious injuries.
Public Safety Response Team officers in the area heard the shots before 9-1-1 calls were made to police.
As they hurriedly arrived on the scene, they identified a suspect vehicle fleeing and 43 Division officers joined in making the arrest eight kilometres away on Hwy 401 eastbound lanes near Neilson Rd. when the suspects’ car lost control and crashed into the median.
Three youths, under the age of 18, were arrested and two loaded firearms were recovered in the vehicle.
The teenagers face several charges, including attempted murder, weapons and aggravated assault.
“These three individuals showed no regard for any type of human safety,” said Supt Dave Rydzik, at a press conference at the crime scene on August 28. “Those weapons that they were using – a shotgun and a semi-automatic handgun – can cause all kinds of harm to people. This is a very busy area and there were people around and about when this shooting took place.”
Rydzik is thankful that the huge police presence in the community paid off.
“We have been seeing an increase in shootings in this particular area,” said the 43 Division Unit Commander. “As a result of that, we have been working very closely with the community here in trying to curb some of that violence and bring some relief back to the community so they can feel safe in their indoor and outdoor spaces.”
Asked if there’s a turf war in the community, Rydzik said “there’s nothing to indicate that.”
“Something is going on and we are looking at every aspect and will leave no stone unturned in trying to find out what is happening,” he noted.
Rydzik assured residents in the community that there would be a high visibility of officers in the area.
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