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Man dies in hospital following shooting in Briar Hill-Belgravia


A man has died of his injuries in hospital after being shot at a plaza in the Briar Hill-Belgravia area Monday evening.

Shortly after 6 p.m., Toronto police responded to a shooting near Dufferin Street and Glencairn Avenue.

Police initially said the shots were believed to have come from a moving vehicle. However Det-Sgt. Andy Singh later told CP214 that the shooter is believed to have been on foot.

 

"The vehicle was here behind me in the parking lot. There was a shooter that came out of that vehicle and proceeded to shoot at our victim. The shooter then got back in that car," Singh said.  

The victim was rushed to a hospital trauma centre via emergency run, but later succumbed to his injuries.

Yellow police tape cordoned off the plaza as officers scoured the scene for evidence Monday night. Cameras captured officers bagging a firearm at the scene, but police did not confirm whether that is believed to be the weapon used in the homicide.

A vehicle with bullet holes in it was found at the scene. It's not yet clear if the victim was inside the vehicle when he was shot.

"There is surveillance footage in the area and we are in the process of downloading it," Singh said.

He added that police are asking any business owners in the plaza who have not yet spoken with police to come forward so that they can obtain as much video evidence as possible.

"Right now there is a shooter out there, so if there's anybody that has any information about that person or the vehicle that was here, please give us a call," Singh said.

Singh said the suspect is described as a male who was dressed in black and was possibly wearing a mask.

The suspect was last spotted boarding a white SUV or van that went northbound on Dufferin Street, Singh said.

Singh said that the person who was shot appears to have been the only person who was shot at, but the motive for the killing is not yet clear.

Councillor calls for tougher gun laws

Coun. Mike Colle, who represents the area, came to the scene of the shooting Monday night and said more needs to be done to curb the spate of gun violence that has plagued the city.

"We're fed up and disgusted that these shootings keep happening," Colle said.

 

"The police are working around the clock. We've had extra policing in this area since May of this year. The police are out in full force, but the police cannot stop these gun murders by themselves.

"What we need to do is stop these guns from coming across our border. Our border is a sieve."

He also said more needs to be done "to fix the broken bail system" and toughen laws for gun possession and called on federal and provincial politicians to do so.

"No matter how hard the police work, no matter how hard we work to make this community safe, these guns keep coming in and there's basically no control of the guns," Colle said. "We need to do something dramatic and stop making excuses for gun crimes."

Colle said the victim is a retiree in his 70s, but Singh said he is not identifying the victim yet as he is still working to notify next-of-kin.