1 of 2 people killed near Etobicoke school was 15-year-old teen

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TORONTO – One of the two people killed after a shooting near Don Bosco secondary school in Etobicoke was a 15-year-old student, according to TCDSB trustee Maria Rizzo.

The shooting happened just after 12:30 p.m. Monday less than 100 metres from the Etobicoke secondary school near Islington Avenue and Dixon Road.

Four schools including Kingsview Junior Public School, St. Maurice, Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School and the School of Experiential education were all in lockdown at some point of the day following the shooting.

One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting.

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The other victim was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries at approximately 3 p.m.

Police would not say whether the victims were students or if the shooting was at all connected to the nearby schools.

The double shooting was the first of two separate fatal shootings in Toronto Monday. The second occurred shortly after 3 p.m. in an alleyway near Regent Park when a man was shot several times.

Paramedics rushed the victim to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Three homicides in one day is an unusual spike in Toronto but shootings are down in 2014 when compared to 2013.

According to statistics on the Toronto Police website, injuries stemming from shootings has dropped 28.7 per cent when compared to 2013. While the number of people killed in shootings has increased by 16.7 per cent year-to-date, the total number of shootings has dropped 15.6 per cent.