2 teens injured in separate Toronto machete attacks

Two teen boys have been taken to hospital after separate machete attacks in Toronto's north end Thursday evening.

One teenager had has finger sliced off

Police surround a Coffee Time connected to a gas station in the Jane St. and Wilson Ave. area Thursday night after a young man was slashed with a machete by an unknown assailant. (CBC News)

Two teen boys have been taken to hospital after separate machete attacks in Toronto's north end Thursday evening.

In the first incident, paramedics were called to the Kenneth Avenue and Sheppard Avenue area around 5:30 p.m. and found a male victim, 18 years old with with a severed finger, police said. The severed digit was located later in the parking lot.

In the second incident, police were called to a gas station Coffee Time at Jane Street and Wilson Avenue around 9:40 p.m. for reports of a stabbing. They found a 17-year-old male victim who was conscious and breathing.

The victim had slash wounds to his hands and was transported to a local hospital in serious condition, paramedics said.

Police quickly began tracking a suspect seen running toward 2195 Jane St. He was described as a white male, 5 feet tall, wearing grey sweat pants, a black leather jacket and a toque.

Despite help from the canine unit, police were unable to track down the suspect, Sgt. Rich Sidhu told reporters at the scene.

However, investigators don't believe there is an immediate risk to the public, he said.

Police could not confirm late Thursday whether the two incidents were linked.


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