A woman in her early 20s is expected to survive after being shot in the face in Toronto's Rexdale neighbourhood overnight.

Toronto police say the victim was shot in the "jaw area" of her face and she was conscious when friends brought her to Etobicoke General Hospital on Tuesday at around 1:30 a.m.

"The victim in this case is doing reasonable well," said Supt. Ron Taverner. "She underwent surgery this morning and a bullet was removed from her neck. The bullet entered her by the mouth area, shattered her teeth and then took a direction down into her neck," he explained.

Supt. R. Taverner

Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner says a female shooting victim is expected to survive after being shot in the jaw area overnight. (Makda Ghebreslassie/CBC)

"It could have been much more serious than it is. It could've been fatal, quite frankly. Luckily, she's expected to survive."

Police are still trying to figure out where exactly the shooting happened, but they believe it took place somewhere in the John Garland Boulevard and Kipling Avenue area, which is south of Albion Road.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether this was an intentional or random attack. Authorities say that the woman's friends told officers that they were "just out for a walk."

Paramedics then transported the woman to Toronto's Sunnybrook hospital as a trauma patient. Police say the woman has had surgery and is expected to recover.

The investigation is ongoing and police have no suspects at this time.