Monday, August 4, 2014

Three wounded when bullets fly outside Cinema night club in Toronto

Sashy examines the rounded metal from the bullet hole in her Lexus sedan early Monday morning at Liberty Village.

She, her god sister and a few friends had left Cinema, a nightclub on Liberty St. when gunfire erupted in an adjacent Green P parking lot around 3:30 a.m. Sashy said she is lucky to be alive.

“(Car) parts can be replaced, body parts can’t,” she added. “Another bullet went into my god sister’s windshield and got stuck into the headrest and wouldn’t come out. We were all in my car.”

Det. Dan Pravica, of 14 Division, said when the show ended, 10 shots were fired after a fight broke out in the parking. Five people went to hospital, including two men and a woman with gunshot wounds. A man hurt in the fight and an innocent bystander, who was hit by a car while running, were the other two requiring medical attention.

“People scattered all different directions,” he said. “All the injuries, luckily, are non-life threatening. We’re still looking for the public’s help in regards (to a suspect). There is definitely more than one suspect, in what parts. Our officers are poring over interviews and going over some video.”

Sashy, 23, who didn’t wish to have her last name published, said she came from Brampton to attend the club’s Caribbean Carnival event, Self Made, where a number of DJs were scheduled to perform.

There were a couple hundred people in the parking lot, Sashy said, but they all scattered when “at least 10 shots” rang out. Her group was all in her car and everyone ducked down for safety.

“I didn’t see anything,” she said. “I just heard the gunshots getting louder.”

It wasn’t until hours after the violent episode that Sashy realized a bullet struck the hood of her silver vehicle, spraying pellets through the wiring. Police took photographs of her car, she said, but towed another car for forensic investigation.

Parked next to her was a white BMW, which she said appeared to have a chip in the windshield and graze marks from another bullet.

That wasn’t the only shooting over the weekend.

An hour later, shots rang out near College St. and Spadina Ave., but EMS said there were no victims. The police investigation is ongoing.

On Sunday around 5:45 p.m., officers were called to a Toronto Community Housing building near Dundas and Sherbourne Sts. for a man in his 30s who was shot “multiple times in the arms and legs,” police said. No suspects are in custody and the injuries were not considered life-threatening.

In Durham region, police are probing a case where a father and son were robbed at gunpoint in Pickering Friday night.

At about 11:30 p.m., a 46-year-old man and his 15-year-old son were walking in the Glenanna Rd.-Glendale Dr. area when they were surrounded by four male suspects, Durham Regional Police said.

The man and his son were told to hand over cash at gunpoint and then the four suspects fled eastbound towards Liverpool Rd.

The victims were not hurt.

All suspects are described as male, black, from 15 to 18 years old, all wearing dark clothing. One had a white sports jersey on, with red writing on it.

Pravica said there is “no rhyme or reason” for the number of weekend shootings, adding very small incidents can trigger such violence.

“Unfortunately, these days, it could be anything from a simple bump to word exchange,” he said. “It’s sporadic and happens sometimes certain weekends when you get more people in a certain area. We don’t know if it’s a total random thing.”
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