Toronto

Police say teen girl 'expected to survive' after getting shot in the head in Jane-Finch apartment

Police are still looking for four males who were seen leaving the apartment, and are asking them to turn themselves in.

Several people were seen leaving the apartment at the time of the shooting, police say

Four males were seen fleeing northbound from the apartment building, police said. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

A 14-year-old girl who was shot in the head in her apartment early Friday is expected to survive, Toronto police say.

The girl was taken to SickKids hospital with a police escort and she remains there with serious injuries, said Insp. Kelly Skinner early Friday morning.

In a statement released by the hospital Friday, the girl's family asked for privacy.

"Our focus is on our daughter. We ask that you keep her in your prayers and are kindly requesting privacy at this time," the statement said.  

The shooting happened shortly before 3 a.m. in a building on Stong Court, near the corner of Jane Street and Finch Avenue in the city's northwest. 

Four males were seen fleeing northbound on foot from the area, Skinner said.

Despite suffering life-threatening injuries, the girl is now expected to survive, acting Staff Supt. Pauline Gray told reporters at around 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

"Our last information just a few minutes ago from the hospital was that she is expected to survive," Gray said. 

The girl was taken to SickKids hospital with a police escort and she remains there with serious injuries, said Insp. Kelly Skinner. (Pelin Sidki/CBC)

Police are still looking for the males who were seen leaving the apartment, and are asking them to turn themselves in. Gray said police were also speaking to a "number of people" that were inside the apartment and have since been released to their parents but are expected to return to provide police with statements.

"We have one piece of the puzzle now, we need the other pieces to come forward," said Gray.

Canine units were called in to help in the search for the males but no arrests have been made.

"It's very early on in this investigation, so this is all the information that we have," Skinner told media at the scene.

Anyone with video or potentially valuable information is asked to contact Toronto police's 31 Division or Crime Stoppers.

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