Police release images of vehicle in investigation of Toronto playground shooting
Police are making a plea for anyone with information to come forward after two children were struck by bullets in a brazen shooting in the east end of Toronto Thursday afternoon.
Two girls, 5 and 9, playing in a small playground in a housing complex were shot. They were among 11 kids playing in the McCowan Road and Steeles Avenue area of Scarborough on a bright, sunny day when a car pulled up and a male emerged from the passenger seat and began shooting at what police are describing as an adult male target who was also in the park.
Police are seeking out the intended victim.
Police released images of a “vehicle of interest” in their attempted murder investigation Friday morning. The images are taken from surveillance video.
The girls have undergone surgery for their injuries but they are not considered life threatening. The girls are in stable condition at the Hospital for Sick Children. Paramedics at the scene told CTV News that the children are sisters.
CTV News footage shows as many as nine bullet holes circled by investigators in a fence around the playground. The shooting has been condemned by Toronto Mayor John Tory and Police Chief Mark Saunders, who both attended the scene.
Mayor Tory described those who carried out the shooting as cowards and said he wants them brought to swift justice.
“I’ve been clear that I want no stone left unturned in dealing with this. Those who would fire into a playground where kids are playing with so little care, don’t deserve to be among us in the society we’re building in Toronto and elsewhere in our country,” he said at a press conference on Friday.
Tory also sent a message to those involved in gun violence and gang culture in Toronto.
“You will be caught, you will face the full weight of the justice system and you will not terrorize our city,” he added.
The vehicle of interest is described as a black, four-door Nissan Versa sedan from model years 2007 to 2011. Two men were seen in the car.
Anyone with information about the vehicle or the shooting is asked to contact Toronto police at 416-808-4200 or online at its Facebook tip page, or to leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or by texting TOR and a message to CRIMES (274637).