Gunfire broke out at a one-year-old's birthday party in Toronto

Lawrence Kim
June 21, 2021

Three children and two adults have been injured after a shooting at a children's birthday party in Toronto's west end, officials say.

Police were called to a building complex on Tandridge Crescent near Byng Avenue just after 8 p.m. Saturday following reports of gunshots.

The victims include a 1-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man, Toronto Police spokesperson Alex Li told CNN. Ron Taverner said that the 11-year-old boy was shot in the buttock and is expected to make a full recovery.

All were transported to trauma centres via an emergency rush.

Paramedics had previously said five people were wounded, but police say the number is actually four.

While the police did not elaborate on the condition of the injured people, local media outlet City News reported that one child was in a life-threatening condition, another had serious injuries, along with the adult male.

Details were still emerging Saturday night but what was known is that four victims were taken to hospital.

Police said they could not confirm how many people were at the gathering at the time of the incident.

"It's unconscionable. It's hard to believe", Toronto police Supt.

"It was a birthday party, a children's birthday party", Skinner said.

"It seems like that they were just there and happened to be... ended up being shot by the shooters".

It is believed they were on foot at the scene of the shooting and a vehicle was waiting nearby.

The authorities said they have multiple suspects.

In a later update, Duty Inspector Kelly Skinner confirmed that there is more than one suspect involved.

"There has to be a reason why that particular party was being targeted, but I can't answer right now as to the real motive of the shooting", he said.

Skinner said officers are canvassing the area, talking to residents in the neighbourhood for information.

"My thoughts are with the children who were injured and their families and friends as they deal with the bad impact". We need your help.

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