A recent string of high-profile shootings in Toronto has prompted Mayor John Tory to meet with his provincial and federal counterparts, apply for federal funding to combat crime, and hire more police officers to address the problem. Here is a timeline of the city’s shootings since the beginning of summer.


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There have been 19 shootings in Toronto since the official start of summer began on June 21.

The recent spike in gun violence has killed at least nine people and injured as many as nine others. Many of the shootings have taken place in busy areas of the city in broad daylight, such as an attack in the entertainment district on a Saturday evening and another in Kensington Market, an area popular with tourists.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders has called the attackers' “brazenness” a cause for concern. However, he has also said the majority of shootings in the city are typically linked to gang violence and that the average person shouldn’t be concerned for their safety walking down the street.

Toronto Mayor John Tory has also publicly spoken out about the gun crime in an effort to reassure residents and visitors to the city. He called Toronto one of the “safest cities” in June and said the city is hiring 170 new police officers to deal with the violence.

On July 12, Tory and Saunders announced a $15-million plan to tackle gun crime in the city. The plan will see additional officers placed in certain neighbourhoods between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. for an eight-week stretch in the summer. The mayor also said the city would invest in existing community initiatives to prevent gang violence.

Tory has already met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss possible gun control measures. Tory said both Goodale and Ford expressed interest in working together to address the problem and Trudeau also offered his support for the city.

The mayor said Toronto is in the process of applying for federal funding that is available to municipalities through the National Crime Prevention Strategy.

Here is a timeline of shootings in Toronto since June 21, 2018:

1) June 24

Two men were shot and killed inside of a home located near Lightwood Drive and Sanagan Road in Etobicoke early in the morning. Read story

2) June 24

A 31-year-old woman was gunned down in a drive-by shooting near the area of Replin Road and Old Meadow Lane in North York. The woman was sitting in a vehicle with three friends on her way home from a funeral when she was hit. Read story

3) June 25

A man believed to be in his late 30s or early 40s was shot and killed inside of an apartment building in the area of Sherbourne Street and Dundas Street East in the early morning. Toronto police have arrested and charged two men with first-degree murder in the death. Read story

4) June 28

A male arrived at a hospital in the area of Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue West with a gunshot wound to his foot.

5) June 29

A 21-year-old woman is facing a slew of charges after police allege she shot a pedestrian and cyclist in the city’s Moss Park neighbourhood. Police said the suspect took a shotgun from the trunk of her vehicle and shot at the two victims, who sustained non-life threatening injuries. Read story

6) June 29

A motorist noticed the back windshield of another vehicle was shattered while driving on the Gardiner Expressway and reported it. An investigation led police officers to Spadina Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard where they discovered shell casings.

7) June 30

A brazen daylight shooting in Toronto’s Entertainment District left two men dead and another woman injured. The shooting took place near Queen Street West and Peter Street during the Saturday dinner rush. Read story

8) June 30

A teenage boy was transported to hospital after he collapsed from a gunshot wound behind a church near Jane Street and Heathrow Drive in the Downsview area. It’s unclear where the boy was shot before he arrived at the church. Read story

9) June 30

Police are searching for a 16-year-old boy who they allege was “playing with a firearm” in his bedroom before the gun went off. The bullet travelled through a wall and into his sibling’s room. It was later discovered lodged in a mattress. Read press release

10) June 30

Multiple shots were fired in a home located near Orpington Crescent near Kipling Avenue and Albion Road in the city’s Jamestown neighbourhood. There were no reported injuries, but police said they found bullet casings at the scene. Read story

11) July 1

One man died and three others were injured in a brazen shooting in the city’s bustling Kensington Market neighbourhood on Canada Day. Read story

12) July 3

A man believed to be in his late twenties was seriously injured after he was shot in Toronto’s Fashion District in the early morning hours. The man suffered a bullet wound to the hip in what police said may have been a drive-by shooting. Read story

13) July 4

Police attended to the scene of a robbery in the area of Markham Road and Blakemanor Boulevard in Scarborough where they found a vehicle with a bullet hole in it. There were no reported injuries.

14) July 4

On Wednesday morning, police discovered two bullet holes in a window of a building near Grandravine Drive and Jane Street. However, there were no reports of any injuries.

15) July 8

A 25-year-old man was shot to death in a parking lot located near Driftwood Avenue and Jane Street in North York. Police said they believe the early-morning shooting was a targeted attack.

16) July 8

Officers found a bullet hole in a window following a shooting near Starspray Boulevard and Lawrence Avenue East in Scarborough’s West Rouge neighbourhood. They were no reports of any injuries.

17) July 9

A 39-year-old man died at the scene of a shooting at Shoreham Court in the city’s Black Creek neighbourhood, according to police. Read story

18) July 9

Police said they discovered a bullet hole in the window of a door near Trehorne Drive and Tallon Road in Etobicoke on Monday evening. They also found a bullet casing at the scene. There were no reports of any injuries.

19) July 9

A 22-year-old man was shot in the city’s The Annex neighbourhood in the area of Madison and Bernard Avenues during a meeting between four people. Police said the victim and two friends met with an unknown male in an alley before he was shot.

After the shooting, the victim and a female friend fled in a car and struck a pedestrian and a tree nearby. Two people have been charged with a number of offenses in connection to the case. Read story