King St suffers another blow

Olympic Variety, at the corner of King St and Elm Ave, was robbed at about 1:30 this afternoon by three young men. One of the proprietors, a woman, was injured in a scuffle.

At least five police cruisers arrived quickly to the scene, and the canine unit was brought in. The store also has video surveillance.

The injured woman was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, to which she was able to walk.

This is the second violent incident on King St within seven days. Last week, there was a drive-by shooting very near the same intersection. Five shots were fired in broad daylight. Weston has also suffered another robbery and a mugging within the last week.

Senior citizen mugged in the afternoon

Last Wednesday, a 70-year-old woman was mugged while walking on Thurodale Ave. The mugging took place at 3:30 in the afternoon.

The mugger followed the victim on his bicycle before returning to take her gold medallion and chain. She was not injured. The mugger fled toward Duckworth Ave.

Police are asking for the public’s help.

Weston Drug Mart robbed

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.

UrbanArts completes mural project in Weston

Last week, UrbanArts  finished two mural projects, one in Weston. The projects employed six community youth, in addition to a leader, for six weeks this summer.

Marlene McKintosh, the executive director, said “our goal is to take mundane spaces and beautify them, to bring a certain life to the community, as well as to discourage negative graffiti.” The program, which has been running since 1999, paints an average of two murals a year.

The mural in Weston was created under the direction of Diliana Popova and designed by the youth team in consultation with UrbanArts and the property owners. It shows scenes from Weston’s and Mount Dennis’s history: the Kodak plant, a train, and two Meals on Wheels volunteers. It is outside Humber Community Seniors’ Services at 1167 Weston Rd.

By hiring young people from the area, UrbanArts is trying to “engage people in the community in positive ways to build skills, talent and confidence. They can take that into the other areas of their lives.”

Photos by Roy Murray.

Police still searching for shooters, information

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.

More facts on drive-by shooting

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.