Mass shootings in the U.S. and a wave of fatal violence in Ontario

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After a weekend which left our neighbours south of the border reeling from not one, but two, mass shootings that took the lives of 29 people in El Paso and Dayton, should Canadians be just as concerned.

Over the past couple of weeks alone, Ontario has seen a wave of similar violent crime grip the province through a series of shootings, stabbings and assaults. Collectively, these crimes have resulted in a total of 13 dead and even a greater number taken to hospital with either life-threatening or non-life-threatening injuries.

Wave of violence timeline:

Shooting Aug. 5th in Toronto – Toronto police say man seriously injured after shooting in downtown core

Toronto police say a man is in hospital after a shooting in the city’s downtown core. They say officers were called for reports of gunshots just after 4 a.m. on Monday.

Police say a man was found injured on a sidewalk and a nearby vehicle was riddled with bullet holes. No suspect information was immediately released.


Shooting Aug. 5th in Toronto – Five wounded, one critically in north Toronto club shooting

Toronto police say five people were wounded during a shooting inside a nightclub in north Toronto early Monday morning.

They say the shooting happened at the District 45 nightclub at Finch and Keele streets around 2 a.m. Police spokeswoman Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook says “there was chaos” in the packed nightclub after two men and three women were injured in the shooting.

She says a man is in hospital in life-threatening condition and the other four victims are in non-life threatening condition. No suspect information was immediately released.


Shootings and Stabbing Aug. 3rd – Three dead after homicides north, east and west of Toronto overnight

It was a violent night across the Greater Toronto Area, with three people dead in separate homicides north, east and west of the city.

Stabbing in Brampton – Peel Regional Police say they received a call of a stabbing in Brampton, Ont., at 2:21 a.m., and a man, identified as 63-year-old Glensbert Oliver of Brampton, later died of his injuries.

Const. Danny Marttini says it appears there was some kind of altercation and two people were stabbed. The other victim, believed to be Glensbert’s son, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Shooting in Oshawa – Meantime, Durham Regional Police say an 18-year-old man is dead after a shooting in Oshawa, east of Toronto.

And York Regional Police say a man is dead and a woman was sent to hospital with unspecified injuries after a shooting at a strip mall north of Toronto.

Shooting in Markham – Officers responded to several reports of gunshots Thursday night near a restaurant in Markham, Ont. When they arrived, officers found a man dead at the scene and a woman suffering from gunshot wounds.

Police say she was taken to hospital and is now in critical condition. Witness reports say a motorcyclist was seen fleeing the area, but investigators are still trying to identify a suspect.


Shooting Aug. 2nd in – Police investigate Markham shooting

A man is in hospital with gunshot wounds following a shooting in Markham early this morning.
Meanwhile, police are asking for your help identifying the shooter and his accomplices.

Police were called to Dowling Circle, in the area of Brimley Road and Denison Street, just after midnight. There they found a 25-year-old man suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital.

The man was shot by suspects in a passing vehicle as he drove his vehicle on Dowling. The suspect vehicle is a dark, four-door 2000 to 2003 Honda Civic.

Shooting Aug. 1st in North York – Toronto police identify teenager shot dead in city as Hanad Ali

Toronto police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting in the city’s North York neighbourhood as 16-year-old Hanad Ali.

Officers responded to the sound of gunshots at around 1 a.m. Thursday at an apartment building near the corner of Jane Street and Highway 401 on the city’s northwest side. They found a 16-year-old in the stairwell suffering from gunshot wounds, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say three male suspects were seen fleeing the area in a dark-coloured Honda. Investigators are looking to speak to anyone with information about the shooting, which police say is the city’s 35th homicide of 2019.

It happened the day after a group of Somali mothers who have lost loved ones to violence made a presentation to the Toronto Police Services Board, calling for the city to do more to address a wave of shootings.

Shooting July 31st in Waterloo – Waterloo police say one male dead after shooting in plaza in Cambridge, Ont.

Police say one person is dead after a shooting in Cambridge, Ont., Wednesday night.

Waterloo Regional Police say they were called for reports of a shooting at a plaza around 7:40 p.m. They say a male was located with injuries and he was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not identified the deceased man and no suspect information was immediately released.

Violent Sexual Assault July 30th in Toronto – Police search for suspect in violent sexual assault in downtown Toronto

Toronto police are searching for a suspect in a sexual assault they say took place in the city’s downtown core earlier this week. They say a woman was at a parkette at Yonge and Gerrard streets around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when she was approached by a man.

Investigators allege the man struck her an in the head with a piece of concrete. They say the man then allegedly threatened the woman with a knife and sexually assaulted her.

Police say the man fled the scene after bystanders intervened, and the woman was taken to hospital. The suspect is described as six feet tall, in his 20s, with a thin build and short black hair. Investigators are asking anyone with information on the incident to come forward.


Homicide July 30th in Hamilton – Hamilton police arrest local man in death of neighbour

Hamilton police say a 26-year-old man is in custody in relation to the death of his neighbour.

They say they began investigating a suspected homicide early this morning, but provided few details. The name of the victim has not been released.

Police say they arrested the victim’s neighbour, but have not yet said what charges he may be facing. Police say they do not believe there is any further threat to the public and they are not looking for more suspects.


Stabbing July 29th in Toronto – Toronto police investigate road rage incident that led to stabbing

Toronto police are investigating an incident of road rage that led to three people being stabbed in the downtown area early Monday morning.

Investigators say the incident happened at about 1:20 a.m., when two vehicles were travelling in the same direction. They say the occupants of both vehicles became involved in a fight. Police allege two men from the first vehicle stabbed three men from the second. They say one man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, and another was taken with serious injuries. Police say the third man made his own way to hospital with minor injuries.

Officers are looking for the occupants of a Honda Civic that was in the area at the time, and they’re asking anyone who may have information on the incident to come forward.


Stabbing July 29th in Pickering – Boy, 16, charged with assault after stabbing in Pickering, Ont., police say

Police say a 16-year-old boy is facing charges after allegedly stabbing another teen in Pickering, Ont.

Durham regional police say the incident happened early Saturday, when the two boys got into an argument. Investigators say a 17-year-old suffered serious injuries after being stabbed. They say officers found a suspect nearby.

The boy, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.


Homicide July 28th in Markham – Man accused in alleged quadruple homicide to make court appearance

NEWMARKET, Ont. — The case of a man accused in an alleged quadruple homicide north of Toronto is expected back in court today.

Menhaz Zaman has been in the custody ever since York Regional Police discovered the bodies of four people inside a home in Markham, Ont., on Sunday, July 28th.

The four people have since been identified as 70-year-old Firoza Begum, 50-year-old Momtaz Begum, 59-year-old Moniruz Zaman and 21-year-old Malesa Zaman.

Police have not shared how the victims are connected to each other or the accused, but friends have confirmed that the four people who died are Menhaz Zaman’s grandmother, parents and sister.

Zaman was charged with four counts of first-degree murder the day after the bodies were found.

He’s due to appear in court in Newmarket, Ont., today.


Homicide July 24th in Windsor – Man charged with first-degree murder in homicide investigation in Windsor, Ont.

Police say they have arrested a man in connection to a homicide investigation in Windsor, Ont.

Police say a 33-year-old man was arrested Saturday and he was charged with first-degree murder. Investigators say they were called to a home in the city’s west end on Wednesday afternoon for a report of a suspicious death.

They have identified the deceased as a 64-year-old woman. Police say the woman and the accused knew each other, but police did not provide details on their relationship. The cause of death has not been released.


Homicide July 23rd in London – London Ont. man facing manslaughter charge in July homicide, police say

A 26-year-old London, Ont., man is facing a charge in relation to an alleged homicide in the city.

Local police say they were called to reports of an assault on July 23 and found a 33-year-old man in medical distress. Robert Joshua-Burke was later pronounced dead in hospital. His cause of death has not been released.

Police say they arrested a suspect in the city on Friday and charged him with one count of manslaughter. The man is due to appear in court Saturday.


Homicide July 20th in Aurora – Woman charged with second-degree murder after suspicious house fire

Police north of Toronto have made an arrest in connection to a suspicious house fire where a man’s body was found. York Regional Police say they’ve charged a 36-year-old woman with second-degree murder.

Officers were called to a home in Aurora, Ont., around 1 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. Firefighters extinguished the blaze about an hour later and located a dead man inside the house.

Investigators say the cause of death has not yet been determined and they’ve been unable to confirm the identity of the deceased man.


Shooting in Richmond Hill on July 19th – Charges laid and witnesses sought following shooting in Richmond Hill

Investigators with the York Regional Police #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have charged a 20-year-old man and continue to seek witnesses following a shooting in the City of Richmond Hill.

On Friday, July 19, 2019, shortly after 7 p.m., police were called to the area of Yonge Street and Crosby Avenue for a report that a man had been shot. When officers arrived, they located a 20-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators believe there were a group of males involved in a fight in the area. During the altercation, one of the males shot the victim, striking him multiple times. The suspect fled the area prior to police arrival.

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, shortly after 7:30 p.m., the suspect turned himself into police at #2 District Headquarters, located at 171 Major Mackenzie Drive West.


with files from The Canadian Press, York Region Police and


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