A 14-year-old girl is in life-threatening condition after being shot in North York early Friday, Toronto police said.
Emergency services were called to Stong Court in the area of Jane Street and Finch Avenue West for reports of a shooting just before 3 a.m.
Police said officers arrived on scene and found a girl suffering from a gunshot wound to her head. A Toronto paramedics spokesperson said a girl was taken to a hospital in life-threatening condition.
In an update Friday morning, Acting Staff Supt. Pauline Gray Pauline Gray said the girl is still in the hospital and is expected to survive.
Gray said the shooting took place inside an apartment with a number of young people inside and possibly one or two adults. She asked that anyone who may have been there to come forward to “tell their sides of it.”
“After we put it all together, we will have a better idea of who in fact is a suspect, person of interest or a witness,” Gray continued.
“It really is to their advantage to make, especially witnesses, to come in and tell us exactly what happened.”
Police originally shared reports four men were seeing fleeing the scene, but Gray said that hasn’t been confirmed. There is no further suspect description at this time.
The incident took place in close proximity of another shooting on Nov. 7 where a 12-year-old boy died while innocently walking with his mother. He was rushed to a trauma centre where he died of his injuries four days later.
Three male suspects were arrested and charged in connection with the shooting.
Just after 4:30 a.m., police said officers responded to another shooting in North York in the area of Ardwick Street and Songwood Drive.
Supt. Ron Taverner said the man was standing outside his vehicle when two men approached him and shot over 20 rounds at him. He said the man was struck at least twice and is in hospital in serious condition, but is expected to survive.
“When you see these types of tragedies over and over, young people being affected as they are, it’s disturbing.”
“It’s so disturbing to everyone that this is taking place on our streets.”
Police said the incidents are not connected.
Anyone with information for either incident is asked to call police.