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14-year-old girl in critical condition in 1 of 2 North York overnight shootings: police

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WATCH ABOVE: As Catherine McDonald reports, the incident happened at the same apartment building where there was a shooting just three months ago – Feb 12, 2021

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.

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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.”

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“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.”

When asked by reporters if the shooting may have been accidental, Gray said police will be “consider[ing] all avenues and that will be one of them.”

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.

Read more: 12-year-old boy who was innocent bystander in brazen Toronto shooting dies in hospital

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.

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“When you see these types of tragedies over and over, young people being affected as they are, it’s disturbing.”

“It just speaks to the violence that is taking place — 3:30 in the morning shooting, 4:45 [a.m.] another shooting,” Taverner said. “The community is outraged … we need people in the community to come forward and talk to us about people they know that have guns, let us do our jobs and get those guns and get these guns off the street.

“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.

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