Video shows suspects unloading guns at 5 teens inside apartment building in city's northwest end
Codi Wilson and Chris Herhalt, CP24.com
Published Thursday, October 31, 2019 6:43AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 31, 2019 5:49PM EDT
New video has emerged of two hooded suspects unloading their guns into five teens hit in a “targeted” shooting at a building in Toronto’s Greenhills neighbourhood on Wednesday night.
According to investigators, the teens were gathered in the hallway of an apartment building on Clearview Heights, located near Trethewey and Black Creek drives, when a group of suspects opened fired at around 7:30 p.m.
Police say it appears three male suspects arrived at the building in a black sedan, entered the building through a side door, and started shooting at the teens.
In video obtained Thursday by CTV News Toronto, two young males wearing hooded jackets gather near a door leading out of a stairwell in the building, with one of the two wearing white gloves.
They both draw semi-automatic handguns and quickly swing open the door and open fire, with one suspect crouching under the other as they unload their magazines at the victims.
A victim's hand is briefy seen pushing back at the suspects through the door frame.
Several shell casings fling back into the stairwell as the crouched suspect flees first, followed by the other who was firing from a standing position.
One suspect fired approximately 16 shots before retreating.
A third male runs down the stairwell as the shots ring out.
The suspects then fled the area in their vehicle and were last seen heading east on Clearview Heights, police said.
Officers responding to the incident located two victims in the hallway of the building and two more injured teens were found nearby.
A fifth victim made their own way to hospital for treatment.
The victims include two females, ages 16 and 17, two 16-year-old boys, and an 18-year-old man, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said on Wednesday night.
Their injuries ranged from minor to life-threatening but police confirmed on Thursday morning that they are all now expected to survive.
Saunders said evidence collected so far suggests the shooting was targeted.
"They came in, and within a short period of time of coming into the building, they opened that door and fired directly at those people that were standing in the hallway,” Saunders said.
Investigators, who have not yet provided detailed suspect descriptions, are scouring the city to locate them.
Police say they are believed to be males in their late teens or early twenties and were all wearing dark-coloured clothing and hoodies.
No weapon has been recovered.
Saunders extends 'Project Community Space' blitz in wake of shootings
In the wake of the Clearview Heights shooting and another on Thursday morning that left a man seriously hurt in a parking lot about 2 kilometres away, Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said Thursday that the service would be extending its "Project Community Space" enforcement blitz that began in August and was set to end this week.
After an August holiday long weekend where 16 people were injured by gunfire, Saunders launched the program to try and locate more people carrying illegal guns in the city.
It is funded by $1.5 million a piece from the federal, provincial and municipal governments. Toronto police said Thursday that funding for the extension would come from money left over from the intial run.
Saunders did not say Thursday how long the extension would last.