Arrest in String of Shootings

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 11:04 a.m. January 23, 2018

Toronto Police have arrested a man allegedly engaged in five separate and seemingly random shootings in a 12-day span this month in the northwest end of the city.

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A handgun seized as part of the investigation into a series of shootings

It’s alleged that, on January 9, at around 4 p.m., a 19-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl were standing inside the hallway of a building in the Rathburn Rd. and The West Mall area when a man approached from the building’s exterior and began to shoot multiple rounds at both of them.

The man, who was shot, received non-life-threatening injuries, while the girl was uninjured.

On Thursday, January 16, at about 3.10 p.m., it’s alleged that a 47-year-old man standing outside a building in the Finch Ave. W. and Islington Ave. area was shot at by a man who  approached him with a gun. 

The shooter fled the scene.

Two days later, at around 4.30 p.m., a 20-year-old man was walking in the area of Finch Ave. W. and Islington Ave. when a man exited a vehicle and started shooting at him.

The next day – Sunday, January 21, at about 3.30 p.m., -- a 35-year-old man and a four-year-old girl were in a parked vehicle in the Finch Ave. W. and Islington Ave. area when they were approached by a man who exited a vehicle and began shooting at them. The victims weren’t injured.

Approximately an hour later, a 19-year-old man was walking near Rathburn Rd. and Renforth Dr. when a man pulled up beside him, rolled down his car window, and started shooting.

On Monday, January 22, 20-year-old Adam Abdi was arrested. Officers allegedly seized a firearm during the arrest.

The suspect faces 48 charges, including seven for attempted murder, five counts of breach of probation and possession of a firearm while prohibited.

Superintendent Ron Taverner said the investigation is ongoing.

“We expect there will be more charges laid in relation to other shootings,” he said. “We also believe the shootings were random.”

Taverner also said that a team of officers – the Area Field Investigation Support Unit -- assembled from 12, 23 and 31 Division was responsible for the arrest.

“They operate seven days a week and investigate shootings in the northwest end of the city,” he said.

Abdi made a court appearance on January 22.

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