Man seriously injured in downtown Toronto shooting during robbery, police say
Suspect may have fired into the air, letting off a few rounds, as he left Bathurst and College
A man in his 20s was seriously injured in a shooting during what is believed to be a robbery in downtown Toronto early Sunday, police say.
The shooting happened in a pay parking lot near Bathurst and College streets. Emergency crews were called to the intersection at 3:10 a.m.
When police arrived on the scene, they found the man suffering from one gunshot wound to his lower leg, according to Duty Insp. Stacey Davis of the Toronto Police Service.
Toronto paramedics took the man to a trauma centre in serious but non-life-threatening condition.
Davis said the suspect is believed to have fired in the air as he was leaving.
"There is some indication that after the suspect left, he may also let off a few rounds into the air. We have obviously contained the scene here to make sure we collect all of the evidence," she said.
Davis said police believe the incident began as a robbery in the parking lot.
"It does appear that the shooting initially was a robbery and at some point the victim was shot."
The area was very busy at the time of the shooting because people were coming out of bars, she added.
"It's unknown if the suspect or victim came from the bar at this time. There were several friends with our victim. We are canvassing for more statements," she said.
Police taped off the parking lot to collect shell casings and many people were unable to retrieve their cars because of the investigation.
The suspect is described as a male, between the ages of 20 and 30. He was last seen southbound on Bathurst Street.
Police said they are urging anyone who witnessed anything to come forward.
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With files from Jeremy Cohn, Muriel Draaisma