Toronto

Man, 29, killed in 'targeted' East York shooting ID'd as Kevin Reddick

One person is dead and another is injured after a shooting in East York that took place just hours after Toronto's police chief told reporters a recent spate of shootings has "gang connotations."

Police received reports of multiple gunshots at Wakunda Place and O'Connor Drive just after 2 p.m.

One person is dead and another is injured after a shooting in East York that took place just hours after Toronto's police chief told reporters a recent spate of shootings has "gang connotations." (Grant Linton/CBC)

One person is dead and another is injured after a shooting in East York that took place just hours after Toronto's police chief told reporters a recent spate of shootings has "gang connotations."

The victim has been identified by police as 29-year-old Kevin Reddick.

Emergency crews were called to Wakunda Place and O'Connor Drive around 2 p.m. Friday after reports of multiple gunshots heard. 

Officers arrived to find one victim, and then later found a second. Both were from Toronto, police say. 

Insp. Jim Gotell told reporters the victims were shot at one crime scene, fled and were found at another scene. In an update Friday evening, Det.-Sgt. Ted Liomanis, said the pair had been sitting in a parkette in the area having lunch when shots were fired. 

Liomanis confirmed the pair was targeted and that the shooting was connected to gang activity. 

Police are now searching for two male suspects in dark clothing, who fled northbound on Victoria Park in a dark-coloured vehicle. 

The injured victim is now at Sunnybrook Hospital in stable condition. 

Homicide investigators have taken over the case and Wakunda Place has been shut down for the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Toronto police at 416-808-5500.

The shooting comes as Chief Mark Saunders announced five arrests in connection with three recent separate incidents.

Saunders also acknowledged innocent bystanders and people in communities with street gangs have been disproportionately affected by the recent violence.

One person is dead and another is injured after a shooting in East York that took place just hours after Toronto's police chief told reporters a recent spate of shootings has 'gang connotations.' (Adrian Cheung/CBC)

Over the past week, police have responded to numerous shootings, including a violent Simcoe Day long weekend that left 17 people with gunshot injuries from 14 separate gun-related incidents. There have also been three shootings in one neighbourhood in suburban Scarborough since Tuesday.

According to police statistics, Toronto is on pace to set a new annual record for total shooting incidents and victims.

The gunfire follows a pair of overnight shootings that left two people with serious injuries in opposite ends of the city.

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