Toronto Police have had their hands full this week, investigating after a shooting occurred nearly every night this week.
The latest happened at Keele and Lawrence, sending two people to hospital.
Mark Pugash, a spokesperson for the Toronto Police, told reporters with Global News that “We do see from time to time spikes and we analyze them, we respond, we move our resources around to where they’ll do the most good and we put a lot of effort into figuring out why it’s happening.”
But it’s not just the past week where gun violence has been on the rise. According to police stats, Toronto is experiencing a year of increased gun violence, up 35 per cent from last year, with the number victims also increased, up by 80 per cent over last August.
Speaking from the opening day at the CNE, Mayor John Tory addressed the recent spike, saying that while he believes our city to be safe, “Our challenge, of course, all of us, the police, those of us in public life, and community leaders and average citizens, is to keep it safe.”
Tory continued, saying, “I am satisfied that the police are addressing every possible resource to this to make sure that people are apprehended who engage in this kind of violent activity, and that is going to make a difference on what we’ve seen happening over the past couple of weeks.”