Three men are dead and two men are injured after a shooting at a rented Airbnb in a downtown Toronto condo building on Friday night, police and paramedics say.
The shooting happened on an upper floor of a condo on Queens Wharf Road, near Bathurst Street and Fort York Boulevard. Police were called to the scene at 10:21 p.m. for the sound of gunshots, according to Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders.
Saunders said two men died of gunshot wounds at the scene, while a third man died in hospital. A fourth person suffered a serious but non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The fifth person sustained a minor cut. Four people in all were shot.
“We’re actively looking for witnesses to help us figure out who was responsible for this particular homicide,” Saunders told reporters at the scene early Saturday.
Saunders said the shooting occurred during a social gathering and police are searching for a suspect, but he didn’t provide a description.
The police chief said officers are trying to determine what happened prior to the shooting.
“What we have right now, on a preliminary component of the investigation, is in fact that the shots fired were inside this complex. I won’t give the floor at this point in time, but I can tell you that multiple floors are involved. We found people on other floors,” Saunders said.
Saunders said he came to the scene himself because of the seriousness of the situation.
“Well, first and foremost, anytime there’s a loss of life, it is a concern not just to the Toronto Police Service but also to members of the community,” Saunders said.
“I wanted to make sure that the adequate resources were, in fact, here and I wanted to make sure that we were taking all the steps necessary to resolve this investigation to the best of our ability,” he added.
“Anytime that there is gunplay, it does concern me.”
Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation. Detectives have not released the names or ages of the men who died, but they are expected to provide an update later on Saturday.
Nicole Rodrigues, deputy commander for Toronto Paramedic Services, said all of the victims were male.
Residents say shooting ‘obviously upsetting’
Allison Walker and David Olevson, who live and work in the area, said they were shocked to hear about the shooting. The couple were in an Uber on the way to the area where it happened when they heard the news.
“It’s shocking. It’s obviously upsetting to hear that. You don’t want to hear something like that. You would hope that it would be a safe area to live in,” Walker said.
Olevson added: “Of course, it really touches very close to home. It’s very concerning. You see these kinds of issues coming up from Airbnb, where it’s people that are not regular residents of where you live and are causing violence, and it’s not good for us.”
At the condo early Saturday, a Toronto police forensic identification services vehicle was parked outside. Police officers were seen talking to the concierge.
Anyone who saw or heard anything is urged to call police.
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