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Toronto police investigating drive-by shooting − fourth suspected homicide in 24 hours

An unarmed woman was killed in a drive-by shooting in north Toronto early Sunday morning while on her way home from a funeral, police said.

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders told a news conference that the incident — the fourth homicide in the city in 24 hours and 47th so far this year — is indicative of a “street gang subculture” that has become an ongoing issue for officers.

Video footage released by police shows a silver SUV circling a neighbourhood before passing a vehicle and slowing down. According to investigators, a passenger in the SUV fired a single shot.

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Jenas Nyarko, a 31-year-old woman sitting in the back seat of the second vehicle, was struck and killed.

Investigators said the vehicle drove away, firing several other shots on its way. They did not release any suspect information.

“To have an individual shoot at a vehicle that is practically full of occupants and then to drive away nonchalantly is a huge indication that the person that we’re looking for,” Saunders said. “They need to know that we’re going to do whatever we can to apprehend them and do whatever we can to apprehend them.”

Det. David Dickinson of the force’s homicide squad said there’s nothing in Nyarko’s past to suggest she would have been targeted by the shooter, nor is there anything to suggest the three other people in the vehicle with her might have been targets.

Originally from Ghana, Nyarko moved to Canada in 2001 and worked at a shelter, Dickinson said.

“She was with three other friends. They were just returning from a funeral … when she was shot,” he said.

“It would appear that this is a case of individuals coming from one neighbourhood of the city to another neighbourhood and shooting the first residents that they see.”

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Investigators said there’s nothing at this point to suggest this homicide and three others over the weekend — two people shot to death in the city’s west end early Sunday, and a man killed in northern Toronto a day earlier — were connected.

“Any life is a concern for me,” Saunders said. “Any time anybody shoots a gun inside this city is a concern for me.”

He noted that on average there have been five more shootings per month this year than last, with an average of one more person shot each month in 2018 than 2017.

“That is not catastrophic, but I still don’t like those numbers,” he said.

Meanwhile, Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters Sunday at the Pride Parade that the police service has the full support of the city.

“I think the police and myself are responding with a sense of urgency and I can just tell you right now, I’ve talked to the police chief today and they are applying every ounce of effort and intelligence and resources they have to taking these people off the street,” Tory said.

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Investigators said an autopsy will be conducted Monday and are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact police.

Toronto shooting homicides

over the June 22-24 2018 weekend

ALBION RD.

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Two men were shot on Lightwood Drive, near Albion Road and Kipling Avenue

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31-year-old Toronto resident Jenas Nyarko was shot in a vehicle outside an address in

the area of Replin Road and Old Meadow Lane

SHERBOURNE ST.

JARVIS ST.

DUNDAS ST. E.

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One man was shot inside a downtown apartment building on Sherbourne Street near Dundas Street East

THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE: TILEZEN;

OPENSTREETMAP CONTRIBUTORS; HIU; WIRES

Toronto shooting homicides

over the June 22-24 2018 weekend

ALBION RD.

Lightwood Dr.

KIPLING AVE.

0

300

m

Two men were shot on Lightwood Drive, near Albion Road and Kipling Avenue

ALLEN RD.

Old Meadow Ln.

Replin Rd.

LAWRENCE AVE. W.

0

300

m

31-year-old Toronto resident Jenas Nyarko was shot in a vehicle outside an address in the area of Replin Road and Old Meadow Lane

SHERBOURNE ST.

JARVIS ST.

DUNDAS ST. E.

0

300

m

One man was shot inside a downtown apartment building on Sherbourne Street near Dundas Street East

THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE: TILEZEN;

OPENSTREETMAP CONTRIBUTORS; HIU; WIRES

Toronto shooting homicides over the June 22-24 2018 weekend

FINCH AVE. W.

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ALBION RD.

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400

BATHURST ST.

YONGE ST.

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LAWRENCE AVE. W.

KIPLING AVE.

EGLINTON AVE. W.

ST. CLAIR AVE. W.

BLOOR ST.

427

KING ST. W.

SHERBOURNE ST.

ALLEN RD.

Old Meadow Ln.

ALBION RD.

Lightwood Dr.

Replin Rd.

DUNDAS ST. E.

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KIPLING AVE.

LAWRENCE AVE. W.

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Two men were shot on Lightwood Drive, near Albion Road and Kipling Avenue

31-year-old Toronto resident Jenas Nyarko was shot in a vehicle outside an address in the area of Replin Road and Old Meadow Lane

One man was shot inside a downtown apartment building on Sherbourne Street near Dundas Street East

THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE: TILEZEN; OPENSTREETMAP CONTRIBUTORS; HIU

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