A Mount Dennis minor was arrested in connection to at least one shooting on Tuesday. The police say that shots were fired near Weston and Black Creek, and then, 40 minutes later, near Woolner and Jane. It’s not clear if the incidents were related, but the youth was arrested on Craydon Avenue shortly after the second shooting.
The police were also called to Jane and Wright avenue Tuesday afternoon; two men were seen fighting, one of whom had a gun. He may have fled the scene in a white car.
These incidents made me wonder whether Project Patton, which saw the Weston-area Five Point Generalz decimated (and 75 guns taken off the streets) was successful. Notwithstanding this lousy week, it seems to have been.
Following Project Patton, gun crime took a steep dive, both city-wide and in 12 Division. In May, shootings were was twice as bad as last year. After the raids, they fell below last year’s levels.
Year-to-year, gun crime is basically unchanged: incidents are up 3%, but victims are down 3%. Nor is 12 Division much worse than average: Of the 17 police divisions in Toronto, we are the 12th safest. Not great, but not bad.
I’ll say it again and again: Toronto is a super safe city, and York South–Weston is a very safe neighbourhood—made even safer by the efforts of the police.