Year to date crime numbers posted on the Toronto police website are not encouraging.
Shooting deaths have tripled so far in 2016 compared to the same time last year.
Officers have responded to 122 shootings as of Monday, with 18 deaths and 49 injuries related to gun fire. That’s a 200% increase from 2015 in which there were only 6 shooting related fatalities from 80 incidents at the same time last year.
Police have dealt with 28 homicides so far this year, up 100% compared to early May 2015. That includes 18 shooting deaths, 3 stabbing fatalities and 7 other types of casualties.
At the end of 2015, police responded to 282 shootings up 58.4% from 2014 with 26 deaths which didn’t change much from 2014’s 27 victims.