Following the city’s latest fatal gun attack, Toronto Police are admitting that gun violence is on the rise.
Speaking from a press conference giving an update on the early morning shooting at Musik Nightclub, Deputy Police Chief Peter Sloly confirmed an “uptick” in shootings for 2015.
“The brazen criminals we have in gangs, they’re getting younger, they’re more willing to use their guns in public spaces and crowded spaces,” says Sloly.
Since the start of 2015, 95 people have been injured or killed by bullets. Police statistics show there have been 147 shootings so far this year, far more than the 106 in 2014 and 116 in 2013.
Tuesday morning’s shooting count for Toronto’s 29th and 30th homicides of 2015.
Sloly says 2015 is on par with 2012, where there were 155 incidents of shootings, including the Danzig street attack and the fatal shootings at the Eaton Centre.
In response to the rise in numbers, police are zoning in on problem areas, including 31 Division, where officials are working on Project Lion. They’re also launching a new mobile app to help warn the public of any violent incidents.