Canada’s largest city, Toronto was once labeled as ‘Toronto the Good’ for having a spotless reputation. However, the recent spate of shootings and killings has put the immaculate city under question. Recently, the mass shooting that was carried out in one of the most popular restaurants strips have raised doubts about people’s safety.
Statistics Canada revealed that in 2017, Canada’s crime rate increased by 1%. After a downward trend for 11 years, it was the third-consecutive annual rise. In fact, gun related crimes and homicides rate increased by 7%. Studies showed that there were around 223 firearm related homicides in Canada in 2016. Among them 54% were associated to gang activity. Also, 30 gang-related activities were reported in 2016
Toronto police have increased police patrols during the evening hours; especially in response to the recent shootings. It was reported that on Sunday night, a gunman attacked restaurant goers and families, who were enjoying with their near and dear ones in the city’s well-known Greektown neighborhood.
The unnamed gunman killed two people and injured 12 people, including a girl. The gunman exchanged fires with the police, fled from the area, and was found dead later on. According to the data obtained from the police department, in 2018, 286 shootings had been carried out so far. Deaths from gun violence jumped from 26 to 59% for the same time period last year.
However, the Sunday night shooting shocked the whole city. Witnesses recounted that a man clad in aim took aim with a handgun and fired several rounds in a public square.
Founder of the Zero Gun Violence movement stated that the shootings being going on for a long time; however, gun crimes rate have increased lately. Since 2009, 6 out of 10 firearms related violence involved handguns.
In response to the shootings, Toronto announced to deploy 200 police officers. However, the recent shootings really put the safe-city tag in doubts.