Five Injured After Shooting at Toddler’s Birthday Party in Canada


A five-year-old girl remains in life-threatening condition following a shooting during an outdoor children's birthday party in the Rexdale neighbourhood of northwest Toronto on Saturday evening, police say. Another is severely injured, and the third suffered minor injuries.

I've been a police officer for a number of years and this is one of the most disturbing scenes when you see young people like this indiscriminately shot.

"It's unconscionable", Taverner said, adding it's "hard to believe" anyone could shooting up a child's birthday party.

Taverner said a vehicle was seen speeding away from the scene.

Earlier Evert Steenge, deputy commander with Toronto Paramedic Services, told CBC Toronto that five people were shot.

According to CNN newsgathering partner CTV, Toronto Police Superintendent Ron Taverner said the 1-year-old was grazed by a bullet, while the man was shot in the leg. Taverner did not characterize the other injuries.

Skinner said the children were not the targets of the shooting, but she is unsure if the adult male shot was targeted at this time.

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Police are searching for several suspects.

Skinner said that the only information available on suspects was that there were multiple of them and that they had "escaped from the area".

Toronto Mayor John Tory said it was "a shocking and outrageous act of gun violence" that comes amid an overall decline in shootings in the city over the a year ago.

"What we're doing right now is appealing for the community". We need your help.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford called the incident "inconceivable and beyond comprehension".

As of Sunday morning, there was no update on the condition of the other victims.

"I really, really hope in this case, so we can bring these people to justice and apply the full weight of the law, that people who were around there or there who saw something. they will confide in the police or in Crime Stoppers so we can track these people down and deal with them", Tory said.