A 17-year-old boy is dead and five others injured following a shooting outside of an apartment complex in Mississauga over the weekend.
Police have since said the brazen act of violence was targeted and the community’s safety is now the number one concern for local authorities.
On Saturday, September 15, at around 6:15 pm, officers said they responded to an apartment building on Darcel Avenue in Mississauga in regards to a shooting.
Upon arrival, a 17-year-old male was located suffering from apparent gunshot wounds and despite the efforts of first responders, the male victim died as a result of his injuries.
Five additional victims were also injured during the shooting and are now recovering at area hospitals for their injuries. Among the injured, police say, is a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, two 17-year-old boys, and a 50-year old woman.
Police say the victims are all in stable condition and their injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
“We have dedicated numerous resources to this investigation and will work diligently to locate the people responsible. If anyone has any information on this incident, I urge them to call our investigators or Crime Stoppers” said Chief Chris McCord in a statement.
According to police, the incident took place as several families, including children, were at an ice cream truck that was parked in the complex.
The suspects in this incident were dressed in dark clothing and concealed their identities using a balaclava.
“Our preliminary investigation has revealed that the 17-year-old deceased victim was not the intended target in this incident nor were some of the injured,” said McCord.
McCord added the investigation has also revealed there were at least seven suspects involved and over 100 rounds fired during the incident.
“Due to the amount of evidence and witnesses present, this investigation will take some time. We will keep the community apprised as the investigation progresses and share information, as we are able to,” said McCord.
Anyone with information is asked to call investigators from the Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau at (905) 453-2121, extension 3205. Anonymous information may also be submitted by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online.