Following a shooting in a Parkdale highrise on Tuesday that left one person dead and three others hurt, Toronto police are looking for at least two suspects.
Shortly after 5:30 p.m., police and paramedics were summoned to a 19-story apartment building on Dunn Avenue, just south of Queen Street West. for an assault.
Acting Inspector The first victim, according to Craig Young, was discovered in the building’s lobby, he told reporters on the scene. Officers gave the victim life-saving aid, and he or she was later taken in serious condition to a trauma center.
Young said a second victim, an adult male, was found inside a unit on the third floor. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
A third victim, a woman, fled the building and “sought refuge” on a TTC bus on Queen Street, Young said. There is no word on her condition, but Young said her injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.
Police later learned that a fourth victim, a man, walked into a local hospital. Young said his injuries are also not considered life-threatening.
Officers are now looking for at least two male suspects. Police have only released limited descriptions of the two.
“We’ve got officers going floor to floor, stairwell to stairwell firstly to see if there are any suspects – to locate suspects and also to confirm that there are no further victims,” Young said, adding that officers are also actively searching surrounding areas.
When asked if the person seen taken by police into custody was connected to the incident, Young said he could not confirm if the individual was one of the suspects in the shooting.
“I don’t know the connection right now. I just know someone has been taken into custody,” he said.
Young also cannot confirm if the shooting was targeted or if a nearby incident on Monday is related. Police were called to the area of Dunn Avenue and King Street West for reports of gunshots, and when they arrived, no victims were located, but shell casings were found.
“It’s obviously in very close proximity…but we cannot confirm at this point in time whether, in fact, they are related,” Young said.
He noted that the investigation, which has now been taken over by the homicide unit, is very “dynamic.”
“It’s just too fluid. We just have multiple locations for the victims. I can’t surmise as to how many actual shooting locations there were,” Young said.
As for public safety, he said police believe there is no threat.