Thursday, July 26, 2018
Toronto man shot while driving in near Islington and Finch dies
Toronto’s 59th murder victim of 2018 was recorded early Wednesday as a man in his ‘20s was fatally shot while driving his SUV.
The incident happened near Islington Ave. and Milady Road, north of Finch Ave. W., around 11 a.m. and it appeared something dislodged a tree on the north side on Islington before the vehicle plowed through a fence and lawn on the south side where it remained as police conducted their investigation.
“(This is) obviously very upsetting with another shooting here in this area in our city — it’s very, very disturbing,” said Police Superintendent Ron Taverner at the scene, adding they have some witnesses.
“We don’t really have a clear picture of what’s happened here. We’ve got some information but we certainly need more and we’re looking for gathering some video evidence.”
A number of shell casings were located at the intersection of Islington Ave. and Duncanwoods Dr., where police believe the shooting occured.
Taverner said the victim drove for about a quarter-mile after being shot but wouldn’t say if the man was known to police or if the shooting might be gang-related.
But he did agree there’s been an increase in shootings in this residential neighbourhood over the past five to ten years.
Giuseppe D’agostino, who’s lived in the area for 45 years, said he was in his backyard garden picking garlic where he heard four shots ring out and then headed to the front of his property on Islington as first responders arrived.
“I never even dreamed about that happening here,” said D’agostino, whose grandchildren, aged 12, 9 and 6 all made it home safe from camp.
“We are in one of the worst cities in the world — I just can’t believe what I see everyday. It’s too much now.”
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