The Canada Day holiday weekend began with a bang as gunfire erupted in a Mount Dennis neighbourhood killing two men — one confined to a wheelchair — and grievously injuring a third.
Toronto Police responded to a highrise on Emmett Ave., near Jane St. and Weston Rd., around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and located the lifeless bodies of two men — the city’s 30th and 31st murder victims of the year.
A third victim walked into a hospital soon after badly wounded.
The superintendent of the building said police had been throughout the bowels of the complex looking at good quality surveillance video but wouldn’t offer further details.
D’Andre Lall stood behind the chain link fencing looking at the shooting scene near a convenience store and learning centre.
A huge pool of blood fed into a nearby sewer and at least 16 yellow police evidence markers dotted the lower parking lot where gunfire erupted.
Two men were gunned down at a highrise on Emmett Ave. in the city’s west end on Saturday, June 29, 2019, and Toronto Police are trying to determine if a third man who walked into hospital with gunshot wounds is connected to the double murder. (John Hanley photo)
Lall was viciously attacked two years ago in the same area and couldn’t hold back his words, emotions or tears as he recalled seeing his friends bleeding on the ground.
“Me, I couldn’t sleep last night,” he said. “This hurts, I got stabbed nine times. I was in this situation before.”
“Do you gets awards for killing someone? Do you get a trophy for killing people?” Lall asked rhetorically. “I just lost two of my friends for no reason, no reason.”
He said he came out after the shooting and saw a wheelchair belonging to his one friend, whom he identified as Omari, and the police working on the other victim who had been shot in the head multiple times.
“I feel the Devil is around here,” Lall said. “That is the devil speaking and that devil needs to get the hell out of here because people don’t need that around.”
Chief Mark Saunders, who visited the highrise Saturday afternoon, described the shooter as a black male, about six feet tall, with a muscular build, and with his hair in baby dreadlocks of about 3 to 4 inches long.
“He should be considered armed and dangerous, based on the gravity of what we’re investigating,” Saunders told media at the scene.
The men were sitting in front of the building socializing when the gunfire erupted.
The chief confirmed this was a targeted shooting of at least one and perhaps all three of the victims.
Saunders said homicide investigators have security video and other evidence but are hoping witnesses will come forward, especially anyone with video that could help with the investigation.
“These types of occurrence do not happen in a vacuum,” Saunders said, noting police need the community’s help to solve these crimes.