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Luciano Galasso Discusses Toronto Homocides in 2009

I feel like everytime I read the mornings paper, whether physically or virtually, on the front page there is something about a homocide in Toronto or elsewhere. It’s not only upsetting but it’s getting to the point where I begin to question what type of society we live in. It seems like it’s always teens or young adults, usually between the ages of 15-30 who are either dead or suspects. My first question is, where are they getting these guns? Especially in countries like Canada which I thought had strong anti-gun policies? Many people will say their parents…but why on earth do their parents have hand guns? I’m going to go ahead and assume these guns are not hunting rifles. And yes, many of these homocides are due to stabbings and they usually happen in rather sketchy areas. Make smart decisions people. Don’t go out in sketchy neighbourhoods at night, alone. They need to put towers in parks and on city streets that have direct connections to the police and other emergency services to assist in keeping people safe, or more police cars need to be patrolling these areas. I am going to copy and paste an article below from the Toronto Star and provide a link to a map of Toronto’s homocides since 2005. It seems a lot more significant and scary when you look at the map.

1 killed, 5 hurt in shootings
Paramedics transport a shooting victim as a second wounded boy looks on. A 17-year-old was shot in the face and a 16-year-old in the back on Teesdale Place, near Pharmacy and Danforth Aves., around 6:45 p.m. Aug. 4, 2009.


Aug 05, 2009 04:30 AM

Precious Yutangco

Staff Reporter

A night of violence was capped with the city’s 34th homicide of 2009.

Just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Toronto police officers and members of the Emergency Task Force raided a high-rise at 110 George St., near Jarvis St. and Adelaide St. E. after a man walked into St. Michael’s Hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Despite having emergency surgery, he was pronounced dead in hospital, said Staff. Sgt. John Spanton.

Spanton said the man was fleeing down the street when friends picked him up and drove him to hospital.

Officers arrested one man at the scene. There is no word yet on charges. Homicide detectives are taking over the case.

The death was the fifth person of the night who was shot.

Around 9 p.m., a 26-year-old man was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital after being shot in the face on Mount Olive Dr., near Finch Ave. W. and Martin Grove Rd. Despite his wound, he was conscious and breathing when he was found.

Three teenagers were shot in two separate incidents in the city earlier in the evening.

Dozens of parents and children ducked for cover as a shootout erupted between two groups of teens at an east end high-rise complex.

A 17-year-old was shot in the face and a 16-year-old boy was hit twice in the stomach in the incident at Teesdale Place, near Pharmacy and Danforth Aves. at about 6:45 p.m.

About two hours earlier before the Teesdale Place double shooting, a teenage girl was shot in the leg on Trethewey Dr. near Eglinton Ave. W. and Black Creek Dr.

Investigators have not ruled out whether a stray bullet may have hit the teen.

The interactive map can be found here

– Luciano Galasso