Weston Drug Mart, at the corner of Weston Rd and Church St, was robbed at gunpoint last Thursday, according to Toronto Police.
At around 12:30 in the afternoon, a man produced a handgun and demanded cash and prescription drugs of a 59-year-old male employee. The robber forced the employee to the ground and fled up Church St in a vehicle.
Nobody was injured in the robbery, and police are asking for the public’s help.
Toronto Police are still looking for the shooters in Wednesday afternoon’s drive-by shooting, according to Det. Quinn of 31 division.
Police are looking for a newer-model Toyota Camry, and they have a description of the car and its occupants. Police would not tell me what the shooters’ motive might have been, but they did tell Frances Nunziata’s office that they suspect it was gang-related.
According to Jennifer Maccarone-Cicchelli, Nunziata’s executive assistant, the police do not have any suspects, and do not know who the intended victim is. They also do not know if it was connected to the shooting on Humber Blvd the same night.
Nunziata released the following statement:
“It is extremely disturbing that this happened in this quiet, residential neighborhood, and in the daytime with children playing in the park nearby. This was a brazen act of violence by people who have no regard for public safety and are not welcome on our streets and in our neighborhoods. This shooting goes to show that more needs to be done to keep handguns off the streets and to get harsher sentencing for people who engage in this type of criminal activity.”
Police are asking anyone with information about the attack to call Detective Rebellato at (416) 808-3104.
According to police, the drive-by shooting yesterday was not random, and they are working hard on finding the shooters.
Toronto Police confirmed the few publicly-known facts about the drive-by shooting on King St: they recovered five casings, and nobody was injured. They also said that they have a description of the car and its occupants, who turned south Jane St after the shooting.
In news that may be related, four people were wounded at a shooting in a backyard near the intersection of Weston Rd and Black Creek Dr. The Globe and Mail is reporting that two groups of young men were involved.
At around 4:00 pm this afternoon, a man walking on King St was shot at by a person or people driving by. Nobody was hurt.
According to witnesses, police found five bullet casings on King between Elm and Pine. The man being shot at fled through a nearby garage, running north through the garage and yard toward Church Dr. A witness said that he ran while checking his body for wounds.
Parents at the nearby Elm Park quickly packed up their children and fled. King St is a quiet, residential street that runs past Weston Library to Jane St.
A man was shot on Monday outside 2255 Weston Rd, near the corner of Coulter and Weston.
Two men were involved in an altercation in the parking lot beside a silver or grey Audi, according to police. The driver of the Audi shot the other man in the arm and fled in the car. The Audi crashed into a purple or maroon Dodge Caravan before heading north on Weston Road.
Police closed Weston Rd for several hours on Monday night while they investigated the scene. They are now trying to find both cars. The Audi has damage to the front right corner and the Dodge has damage to the rear right corner. Police are asking for the public’s help.
Toronto Police statistics show that fewer crimes were committed in Weston during the first six months of this year than in the first six months of 2009. Further, crimes have fallen more in Weston than in Toronto as a whole.
There have been fewer murders, sexual assaults, break and enters, and auto thefts so far this year. Thefts over $5000 and robberies are up, however.
In Toronto as a whole, 6.7% fewer crimes were committed than by this time last year. The decline occurred across all categories, too.
While some categories of crime in Weston increased, the total number of crimes declined 10%. Of course, summing the crimes so coarsely is a little disingenuous, since doing so does not take into account their seriousness—we would be willing to tolerate many more auto thefts than murders.
The police statistics do not suggest the cause of the declines.