Toronto

Man dead after shooting in city's west end

Paramedics say the man was shot in the Dixon and Islington area Thursday afternoon

CBC News

October 05, 2017

A Toronto police vehicle sits at the site of a shooting in the city's west end on Thursday. (Mark Bochsler/CBC)

A man has died after being shot in the city's west end, Toronto paramedics say.

Police were called to the scene in the Dixon Road and Islington Avenue area around 2:45 p.m. to investigate reports of both a shooting and a collision.

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It's unknown yet if the two incidents are connected, they say.

The man was rushed to a trauma centre in life-threatening condition, but has since been pronounced dead.

Homicide detectives are taking over the investigation.

'Terrifying, terrifying'

Hans Blandon has been living in an apartment building close to where the incident happened for about four years.

Blandon told CBC Toronto that his wife called him at work after she heard "loud noises," not realizing at the time that they were gunshots.

Hans Blandon says his community is like a big family and he was scared one of the neighbourhood children might have been caught in the crossfire. (Mark Bochsler/CBC)

"The first thing that came to my mind was the kids, because of the timing that she had called is the time they come home from school," Blandon said. "Terrifying, terrifying."

He said the neighbourhood is close-knit community.

We're like a big family here and the last thing that we want is for somebody's kid to get into the middle of a crossfire."

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