Man in hospital with facial injuries after drive-by shooting, crash in east end

A man in his 30s is recovering in hospital from gunshot wounds to his face after a drive-by shooting in the city's east end that ended in a crash on Friday night, Toronto police say.

Shooting occurred near Castle Frank station, vehicles crashed near Chester station

Two Toronto police cruisers are parked on Bloor Street East near Castle Frank Road following a drive-by shooting that ended in a crash on Friday night. A man suffered serious injuries in the shooting. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

A man in his 30s is recovering in hospital from gunshot wounds to his face after a drive-by shooting in the city's east end that ended in a crash on Friday night, Toronto police say.

The shooting occurred near Castle Frank station, at Bloor Street East and Castle Frank Road, when one person in a vehicle began shooting at another vehicle, according to Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service.

Police told reporters on Friday night that the person fired several rounds at the other vehicle and the shooting is believed to be targeted.

Douglas-Cook said both vehicles were eastbound on Bloor Street E. during the shooting. They continued in that direction until they collided with at least one parked vehicle minutes later on Danforth Avenue near Chester Avenue. 

Police from 51 and 55 divisions were called to the Danforth after 10 p.m.

Police say two vehicles involved in a shooting crashed in the area of Danforth Avenue and Chester Avenue on Friday night. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

Initially, police reported the incident on Friday night as two shootings that occurred minutes apart, but clarified the sequence of events early Saturday to indicate only one shooting took place.

"The information is still coming in. There's a lot that we're trying to make sense of still," Douglas-Cook said on Saturday.

2 in parked vehicle slightly injured

When officers arrived at the crash scene, they found the driver of one vehicle had suffered serious but non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Toronto paramedics took him to a local hospital.

Two other people in the parked vehicle suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital as well.

Police cannot confirm whether the wounded driver shot back at the other vehicle before the crash. He was believed to be the sole occupant of his vehicle.

Police were called to a crash scene on the Danforth near Chester Avenue before they determined that a shooting occurred west of there on the other side of the Bloor Viaduct. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

Immediately after the crash, officers fanned out, canvassing both areas for witnesses and security camera video. 

3 male suspects fled on foot, no weapons found

Douglas-Cook said three male suspects from the other vehicle fled on foot after the crash. Police said they do not know in which direction they were headed.

No description of suspects was released.

Meanwhile, near Castle Frank station, police found shell casings on the road and a live round, according to Staff Sgt. Darren Laing, of Toronto police's 51 Division.

Toronto police closed a stretch of Bloor Street East and a stretch of Danforth Avenue for hours following the shooting and crash. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

No weapons were found on Friday night, police said.

For hours, police closed a stretch of Bloor Street East, in the area of Castle Frank Road, and a stretch of Danforth Avenue, from Chester Avenue to Broadview Avenue, as officers investigated. All roads have since been reopened.

"It was quite an extensive road closure," Douglas-Cook said.

Anyone who has relevant video or dashboard camera video, who may have witnessed any of the events that led to the crash, or who may have seen the fleeing suspects, is urged to call police.