December 19, 2018 4:30 am
Updated: December 19, 2018 8:13 pm

Man shot and killed on downtown Toronto street

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A man has died after he was shot on King Street West in downtown Toronto early Wednesday morning.

Toronto police said emergency crews were called to the major downtown corridor, west of Spadina Avenue, just before 12:15 a.m.

Insp. Darren Alldrit told reporters that officers received numerous calls reporting the sounds of gunshots. He said officers conducting a RIDE spot check on Spadina Avenue nearby heard the gunfire.

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Police said a man was walking with a group of people when he was approached by a suspect who fired multiple shots.

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“[The officers] immediately ran to the scene where they located a male and a female who had suffered gunshot wounds,” Alldrit said.

A Toronto Paramedics spokesperson said the male victim was in his 20s and was rushed to a downtown trauma centre in life-threatening condition. Alldrit said the man died at hospital.

The spokesperson said the woman, who is in her 20s and was also walking in the area at the time of the incident, was taken to hospital with a serious leg injury. Her condition is not considered life-threatening.

As of Wednesday afternoon, police said suspect information was unavailable. However, a blue Mazda was seen leaving the shooting scene.

The man’s death marks Toronto’s 95th homicide of 2018.

Meanwhile, Alldrit asked area business owners to review their surveillance video systems. He also encouraged drivers to check their dash cameras.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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