Toronto police say one man is dead and another is injured after a shooting in the city’s west end Saturday evening.
Police said they were called to the area of Tallon Road and Trehorne Drive, in the area of Royal York Road and Lawrence Avenue West, at 5:38 p.m.
“When officers arrived on scene, they located two male victims, both suffering from gunshot wounds,” Insp. Ishmail Musah told reporters late Saturday.
“Officers and paramedics both initiated first aid. Officers then assisted with an emergency run to the hospital. At the hospital, officers were notified that one victim, his injuries were less serious, non-life-threatening.”
Musah said the second victim’s injuries were very severe and he was pronounced dead.
In a news release issued Sunday afternoon, police identified the man who died as 21-year-old Toronto resident Habil Abdilahi Hassan, the city’s 17th homicide victim of 2021.
The news release also provided additional insight into what transpired.
Police said the two victims were travelling north on Scarlett Road around 5:30 p.m. when another car drove up beside them and the people inside began shooting, striking the victims’ vehicle several times.
The victims then drove to the Tallon Road and Trehorne Drive area, where 911 was called and they were found by responding officers, police said.
Musah said the man who suffered non-life-threatening injuries was in his mid-to-late 20s.
Police said the car believed to have been used by the suspects was involved in a collision with another vehicle north of Scarlett Road and Lawrence Avenue and two firearms were found inside.
It’s believed two suspects fled the area on foot, police said.
Both of the suspects are described as men who are 20 to 25 years old. Police said one was wearing a dark coat and dark pants, while the second man was wearing light-coloured jeans and a blue surgical mask.
Police are appealing for anyone with information or video footage to contact investigators.