A shooting in the troubled Lawrence Heights neighbourhood has claimed the life of a teenage boy. Police say he was probably 16 or 17.
The shooting occurred around 3:55 p.m. at 135 Neptune Dr., one of three buildings in a Community Housing complex just southeast of Allen Road and the 401. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators were still on the scene at 7 p.m. trying to piece together the shooting, which took place in a side door exit from the building. Police have not released the victim’s name pending notification of the family. They were also mum on details of suspects so far.
Residents who live in any of the buildings that are a part of the Toronto Community Housing block of 135, 145 and 155 Neptune Dr. had to be ushered into their buildings by police, who had taped off almost the entire block.
Many residents were overheard saying they think it’s time to find a new neighbourhood to move to, including David Spiegel, a lifelong resident of the community, who says he and his family hear gunshots about once a month on average.
“I’ve heard machine gun fire. It’s all coming from the community housing,” he said. “It’s not for me to say (what should be done about the violence), it’s for the government’s to come up with a solution, but the status quo is obviously not working. A poor 16 year old kid is now dead.”
Living directly across the street with his balcony facing the scene of the crime, Spiegel says he now wants to take his wife and two young daughters and move out of the city as soon as they can, because nothing is being done to stop the violence.
“My main issue is with councillor (Howard) Moscoe completely ignoring this,” he said, referencing numerous unanswered emails he sent to the outgoing councillor. “I’m frustrated more than anything. It’s terrible that there’s all this crime and it’s a waste of police resources having to continuously deal with this.”
This is the same neighbourhood where the Town Crier recently reported a surge in gun-related crimes, starting with a shooting death on Cather Crescent in late August. The victim in that shooting, Randy Anthony Malcolm, had been a suspect in an attempted murder in a 2008 shooting near the same complex where this most recent murder took place.
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