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Shootings in Toronto reaching record highs, deaths down: police data

Because the Metropolis of Toronto works to fight gun violence, knowledge from the native police exhibits town is combatting extra shootings so far than lately, although deaths are down.

Toronto police knowledge exhibits town has had 267 shootings as of Aug. 12., 15 greater than by the identical time final yr and greater than the mid-August totals of any yr since 2014, which is way back to the dataset goes.

The 2019 shootings have resulted in 20 deaths up to now, a 33-per-cent lower from this time final yr. There have additionally been 132 non-fatal accidents from shootings in 2019, greater than this time in any of the previous six years and a 21-per-cent improve from final yr.

It appears like 2019 may eclipse final yr as essentially the most violent yr since at the least 2003. In complete, 2018 noticed 428 shootings, leading to 51 deaths and 185 accidents.

Toronto’s downside with gun violence turned a highlight difficulty following the August lengthy weekend, when native police stated they responded to 14 separate shootings and handled 17 individuals for accidents over the three days. It’s believed nearly all of the incidents are associated to gang exercise within the metropolis.

On Monday, the federal, provincial and municipal governments introduced they might every be contributing $1.5 million for metropolis police to deal with gun violence within the metropolis. Officers are anticipated to unveil their plans for the extra funding within the coming days.

Throughout an a media availability in Toronto on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated he’s contemplating further measures to gun management, however that they might be introduced alongside Liberals’ upcoming re-election platform.

Previously, Toronto Mayor John Tory has referred to as on the federal authorities to implement an entire ban on handguns, however the request has not but been granted.

The Conservatives, each provincially and federally, have promised to sort out Toronto’s violent crimes by taking a tough stance in opposition to gangs, quite than weapons.

With information from The Canadian Press

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