Homicide on Dundas West

Toronto saw its 33rd homicide of the year over the last weekend in August, with the shooting death of 28-year-old Jermaine Smith.

Police were called to a Toronto Community Housing complex at 4020 Dundas St. West near Scarlett Road just before 10 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 27 for the sound of gunfire.

On arrival, police found Smith suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the body and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The neighbourhood is no stranger to violence, as earlier this year 19-year-old Shane Williams, Toronto’s 13th homicide of 2011, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting as he walked home from work near the same housing complex as Smith’s murder.

As well, in May of 2009, 18-year-old Jarvis St. Remy was shot and killed as he waited for a bus. Ten days after that, 14-year-old Adrian Johnston was shot multiple times in the field behind the homes on Eileen Avenue, which is one street north of Dundas.

Then in December of that year, Antonia Zammit was killed by her son in another Toronto Community Housing building on the south side of Dundas, at the base of Scarlett Road.