Man found with gunshot wounds outside after New Year's Day shooting
Shooting in Oakwood Village follows year marked by gun violence in Toronto
A man is in hospital with serious injuries after a shooting early New Year's Day in Toronto's west end.
It's the first reported shooting of the year to have caused injury, Toronto police say.
Police were called to the area of Vaughan Road and Oakwood Avenue, in the city's Oakwood Village neighbourhood, at about 5:10 a.m for reports that a man had been shot.
Man now listed in stable condition in hospital
Emergency crews arrived to find the man outside unconscious and suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics performed first aid, then took him to hospital.
"Where the shooting occurred, that might be a different story, but where he was found was the alley," Const. David Hopkinson, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said on Tuesday.
Initially, the man's injuries were considered life-threatening, but he is now listed in stable condition.
The Oakwood Village shooting was one of many incidents that kept police busy on New Year's Eve and early New Year's Day, including an assault downtown, stabbings in the east end and collisions.
"Typically, in my experience, it is always a busy night, that night, in all parts of the city," Hopkinson said.
"It's New Year's... There are lots of parties, lots of people out on the street, the traffic downtown is heavier."
Police received reports of an earlier shooting just before 1 a.m. in the area of King Street West and Brant Street, west of Spadina Avenue, but that turned out to be fireworks, Hopkinson said.
Shooting follows year of major gun violence in Toronto
The shooting in Oakwood Village follows a year of record-setting gun violence in Toronto.
There were a total of 424 shootings in Toronto last year, according to the police's public safety data portal.
In these shootings, 51 people lost their lives and 184 people were injured.
Fatal shootings increased 31 per cent in 2018 from the number recorded in 2017, while shootings that caused injuries rose 23 per cent from the previous year.
Shooting - Vaughan Rd at Oakwood Ave. Male victim shot in the face. Transported to trauma centre. <a href="https://twitter.com/TPS13Div?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TPS13Div</a> on scene. <a href="https://t.co/1X6Dq47jBO">pic.twitter.com/1X6Dq47jBO</a>—@LateNightCam