One man has died and another seriously injured after two shooting incidents occurred within days of each other in Willowdale.
The first act of gun violence happened late evening Sept. 4, in the Yonge and Finch area as revellers were kicking off the Labour Day long weekend.
Police say they were called to the rear parking lot of an Internet café where they found a 25-year-old unconscious man suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
According to police, the man had been in the café with his girlfriend prior to the shooting.
“Apparently he went out there to meet an unknown person and that’s when he was shot,” said Constable Wendy Drummond.
Crowds of onlookers, many coming from bars and restaurants in the area, spilled onto the street as police taped off the crime scene.
The man was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. No arrests have been made, but police say at least one witness saw two individuals running away from the scene.
The busy intersection is usually fairly quiet in terms of violence, said Detective Brad Lloyd, of 32 Division.
“We’re not used to gunplay up in that area,” he said.
On Labour Day Monday, police responded to a call about another shooting in the Sparrow Way housing complex near Leslie and Finch just before 9 p.m.
Homicide Detective Dan Nielsen said the victim, identified as 23-year-old Sheldon Anthony Henry, was “minding his own business” near 13 Sparrow Way when he was accosted and shot around 8:40 p.m. Police believe there was an argument that took place prior to the shooting.
Henry was a former resident of the complex, and had recently moved nearby with his family. He visited Sparrow Way on a regular basis, said Nielsen.
There is no evidence Henry was doing anything wrong at the time of his shooting, Nielsen.
Henry was seen around 3 p.m. that day, Nielsen said, and police are trying to determine what he was doing and who he was with between that time and the shooting.
Though they’ve interviewed some witnesses, Nielsen believes there are more that have not come forward to police.
This isn’t the first violent fatality murder in the neighbourhood.
In June 2007, Sparrow Way resident Julian Hinckson was found dead from sharp force injuries on a footbridge that connects Finch Ave. north to the Old Cummer GO station. The tracks are located just west of the housing complex.
Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to contact Nielsen at 416-808-7398. If you have information about either shooting incidents contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
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