Shootings, knife attack mark busy August long weekend in Toronto
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 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.
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.
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.
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