June 14, 2024
Two more shot dead in Toronto as gun violence continues
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has opposed a handgun ban in the city, maintaining that a ban would do nothing to take illegal firearms away from criminals.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has opposed a handgun ban in the city, maintaining that a ban would do nothing to take illegal firearms away from criminals.

Two people were shot and killed and multiple people were wounded by gunfire this weekend in the Greater Toronto Area.

More than 25 people have been shot in Toronto in the past 10 days, a number increased by a particularly violent long weekend between Aug. 2 and 4th when 17 people were shot.

Shooting incidents are on the rise in Toronto compared to past years. The number of gunshot victims has climbed substantially, from 329 last year at this time, to more than 390 as of this weekend. But the overall number of gunshot deaths is down. So far this year, 19 people have been killed by gunfire in Toronto, compared to 30 by this time last year.

The violence has extended into the GTA. In Vaughan, north of Toronto, York region police investigated a shooting that left a man dead Saturday. He was shot just before 2 a.m. and checked himself into hospital, but died shortly after.

In a separate incident, a man was shot and killed and another wounded Friday afternoon near an elementary school in East York on Wakunda Place near O’Connor Drive. The victim was identified as Kevin Reddick, 29. It was Toronto’s 37th murder since the beginning of the year.

Police said the murder was tied to gang activity and are looking for suspects driving a black Audi who opened fire on the two victims.

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See Also:

(1) Real policies to deal with gun crime

(2) Trudeau’s own government knows a handgun ban won’t work

(3) Handgun ban targets law-abiding gun owners not gangs

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