Man shot to death overnight is Toronto's 89th homicide of the year

Nov 14 2018, 2:37 pm

A man who died in an overnight shooting in north Toronto marks the city’s 89th homicide of the year.

The most recent shooting means Toronto has matched its previous homicide record, set in 1991, for the most murders in a year.

According to the Toronto police, officers responded to a call on Ann Arbour Road in the area of Albion and Weston roads just after midnight after several callers reported hearing multiple gunshots.

When officers arrived on the scene, they located a man badly injured and without vital signs. The victim was then taken to a nearby trauma centre, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

At this time, police say they still don’t have any information on possible suspects.

According to the Toronto Police, the victim’s death brings the total of homicides this year in the city to 89.

Toronto police’s shooting statistics show an increase in deaths in 2018, with 45 recorded as of Monday, November 12, compared to 35 in 2017 and 34 in 2016.

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As gun violence continues to escalate in the city, Mayor John Tory has urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ban the sale of handguns in Toronto. Additionally, Tory asked the federal government to strengthen bail guidelines of repeat offenders and to take more steps to address gun violence in the city.

However despite the city’s efforts, gun violence still continues to plague the city, and with less than two months remaining in the year, there have already been far too many high-profile shootings that have left painful scars on the people of Toronto.

This includes the Scarborough playground shooting that injured two young girls, the brazen Canada Day shooting that killed two men connected to Toronto’s hip-hop scene, and the mass shooting on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue that injured 14 and killed two others.

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