A man is dead and another is in critical condition following two separate shootings that took place nearly a kilometre apart early Saturday morning.
According to statement issued by Toronto police, officers were called around 12:40 a.m. for a shooting in a parking lot outside of a fast-food restaurant in the area of Keele Street and Ingram Drive, just south of Lawrence Avenue.
Initials reports said occupants of two vehicles were shooting at each other before both vehicles fled the scene, according to a tweet by Toronto police earlier Saturday morning.
Investigators found a man in a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, the statement read.
He was later pronounced dead at the scene, the statement added.
Police identified the victim as 19-year-old Malachi Elijah Bainbridge of Toronto.
Investigators said two men were seen leaving the area in a dark sedan.
No other suspect information was made available.
This is Toronto’s ninth homicide of the year.
Hours later, police received a call for reports of another shooting just a kilometre north.
Duty Inspector Mike Williams told Global News that police were called shortly after 3:45 a.m. to the intersection of Keele Street and Colville Road in an industrial area.
“We believe there was some sort of party or maybe gathering at a commercial or industrial unit here that we’re investigating,” he told reporters on the scene later Saturday morning.
An altercation took place in an alleyway right before shots were fired, Williams added.
Investigators found a male in his 30s suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to a trauma centre in critical condition.
Police said a red car was seen leaving the area.
Investigators described the suspect as a male in his 30s with a dark complexion.
Anyone who may have been in either area or may have information is asked to call Toronto Police or Crime Stoppers.
Williams said there is no information to indicate that the two shootings are connected.