Toronto Police seeking 4 suspects in connection with a spate shootings in October

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The Toronto Police announced Friday they are seeking four suspects in connection with a spate of shootings which occurred in October.

Chief of Police James Ramer, Acting Deputy Chief of Police Myron Demkiw and the Unit Commander of Homicide, Inspector Hank Idsinga, updated media and the public on investigations into murders and non-fatal shootings that have taken place in the last month.

From October 1 to October 31, 11 homicides have taken place – eight of which were the result of shootings.

However, the introduction of the Service’s Centralized Shooting Response Teams has contributed to shootings decreasing by 17 per cent across the city and the Service is hoping to see a 20 per cent reduction by the end of the year.

“Although we have seen a 17 per cent reduction in the number of shootings this year, we know those numbers do not reflect the impact any shooting incident has on loved ones and the communities in which they happen,” said Chief Ramer.

He added “We have listened to our community partners who have expressed concern over the recent spate of violence in their neighbourhoods and we want to assure them, and the city of Toronto, that we are doing what we can to find those responsible and build a sense of safety and wellbeing for those most impacted.”

A total of 74 homicides have occurred this year, with an investigation clearance rate of 73 per cent.

Investigators are carrying out extensive inquiries to track and locate two people in connection with two homicides this month – a 17-year-old boy for the murder of a taxi driver on October 24, 2021, (Homicide #71), and 22-year-old Abilaziz Mohamed, wanted for (Homicide #65), the murder of a man on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 25 Cinemart Drive.

Two boys are also wanted as part of a shooting on Friday, October 8, 2021, on Gulliver Road. A fight started and four individuals produced handguns and discharged multiple rounds, hitting an 18-year-old man who sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators have already arrested one man and one boy, and strongly encourage the two boys to seek counsel and turn themselves into the nearest police station.

The Toronto Police in a statement said un crime continues to remain a priority for the Service, working collaboratively with communities and drawing on the expertise of specialized units such as the Centralized Shooting Response Team.

The statement further added that the Service’s Gun Violence Suppression Team also works proactively to target and dismantle gangs and criminals using guns while the dedicated Public Safety Response Team (PSRT) is a specialized and highly trained team able to quickly respond to serious and dynamic situations, such as shootings, across the city.

The Service launched Project Engage which stemmed from the gang prevention town halls in neighbourhoods most impacted by gun crime. The initiative focuses on implementing appropriate education, prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies to prevent people from joining gangs and provide exit plans for those who are involved.

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