Monday, October 6, 2014
Two teens dead in 'targeted' shooting in Etobicoke
Toronto Police were called around 12:30 p.m. to a green space behind a social housing complex on Islington Ave., near Dixon Rd., and found two males in their teens suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
One was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other died hours later in hospital.
Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School, which is located across the street from the apartment complex, was placed in a hold and secure situation by police for almost two hours, while the Toronto District School Board’s School of Experiential Education, which backs onto the shooting scene, was placed in full lockdown mode.
St. Maurice Catholic school and Kingsview Village Junior School were placed in hold and secure as well.
Police at the scene said both victims were in their teens, but wouldn’t confirm if they were students from any of the nearby schools.
Insp. Ron Taverner said investigators don’t believe the shooting was random.
“We believe this was targeted,” Taverner said.
Const. David Hopkinson said investigators are looking for at least three suspects. One person of interest was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.
Catholic board trustee Maria Rizzo reportedly told media one of the two victims was a 15-year-old student from James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School, located in the Finch Ave. W. and Keele St. area.
Calls made to Rizzo for confirmation and further explanation were not returned.
A spokesman with the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) said they were waiting to hear from police to confirm if either of the victims was a student.
“Like everyone else, we’re waiting,” spokesman John Yan said. “As soon as we get confirmation, our first priority is to ensure that our students — if (the victims) indeed are our students — that the school is looked after.”
Like the TCDSB, the TDSB was waiting to hear from the police as to who the victims are, spokesman Shari Schwartz-Maltz said.
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