Shootings, knife attack mark busy August long weekend in Toronto

Toronto police may welcome a return to the work week Tuesday after what was a busy and violent August long weekend.

2 of the shootings happened in daylight hours, none was fatal

While many enjoyed a restful August long weekend, Toronto police may welcome a return to the work week after responding to six violent incidents over the past three days.

Here's a wrap of what happened.: 


The instructor shot while conducting a fitness class in Christie Pits Park Saturday has been ID'd by his lawyer and friends as Alejandro Vivar. (alejandrovivar_257fitness/Instagram)

The violence started with a brazen shooting Saturday morning, when the instructor of an outdoor fitness program was shot while teaching a class in Christie Pits Park.

A witness, who was a student in the class, told CBC News that a man walked up to the instructor and shot him four or five times. 

The instructor has since been identified as Alejandro Vivar, a former gang leader and father of two boys. According to his lawyer, Vivar was working to turn his life around, starting the fitness business after he was released from prison. 

Vivar remains in serious condition but is expected to survive. 

Police are still searching for the man who shot him and have released this suspect photo.

Toronto Police released this photo of a suspect wanted in a shooting during a fitness class at Christie Pits Park Saturday morning.

Later on Saturday night, two men in their 20s were injured in a double stabbing at the CNE. Police were called to the intersection of Princes Boulevard and Newfoundland Road at about 8:25 p.m.

Paramedics said one man, suffering from a single stab wound to the torso, was transported to a trauma centre. The second man was taken to hospital with non-serious injuries to the hand, paramedics said.


Toronto police say they were called to Main Street and Danforth Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. about shots fired into a car with two people inside. (Michael Charles Cole/CBC)

There were two shootings on Sunday, one in the early morning hours near Yonge and Dundas streets that left two men in their 20s with injuries that are not life-threatening, and another in broad daylight a few blocks away from the intersection of Main Street and Danforth.Avenue.

The Main and Danforth shooting happened in broad daylight. A 22-year-old man suffered serious injuries after being shot in the leg and arm while sitting in a car near Danforth just before 4:30 p.m.  


Police responded to a shooting on Bathurst Street between Dundas Street West and College early Monday. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

On Monday there were two more incidents: a man walked into a hospital after being shot near College and Bathurst just after 3 a.m. His injuries appear to be non-life threatening but he is still in hospital.

Hours later, more shots were fired into a car in North York.

Toronto police Const. Craig Brister said police will look at their staffing levels for future long weekends.

"This has been a busy weekend for events that are happening throughout the city," he said. "We have a lot going on and as the long weekend winds down, there definitely will be a review of where we are and what's happened to determine if we need to address things from an investigative standpoint or a manpower standpoint."

With files from Nick Boisvert