Monday, September 23, 2013
Yorkville shooting at the Empire Club sends five to hospital
Toronto Police officers found people running in the upscale area when they responded to a shooting call at 2:30 a.m. at the Empire nightclub at 50 Cumberland St.
The five victims had non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said officers found a man nearby with a loaded firearm.
Pedestrians went about their business several hours after the shooting, unaware of what transpired.
However, one neighbouring business owner, who wished to remain unidentified, said he was shocked to see gun violence in the area.
He added that the Empire nightclub often is rented out for private gatherings.
“I’m a little surprised to see it come here, definitely,” said the man. “It’s never happened here. It’s an elite area and if it goes on in this area, how do you put a stop to it? We need to put a stop to it no matter what.”
Police are reviewing security camera footage and appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Jermaine Morgan, 26, of Toronto, has been charged with a number of firearm-related offences and is scheduled to appear in a College Park courtroom on Monday.
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