A man has died after being rushed to a Toronto trauma centre following a shooting in the city’s north end Friday afternoon.
Toronto Police Insp. Michael Williams told reporters local emergency crews, as well as officers from York Region, were called to Steeles Avenue West near Alness Street, just west of Dufferin Street, at around 1:20 p.m. after a construction worker was struck in what is believed to be a stolen pick-up truck.
He said the pick-up truck went on to hit a white construction truck. It was alleged the suspect tried to take off, but at some point during the incident a man was shot by the suspect.
The injured man was rushed to a Toronto trauma centre in critical condition, but officers later said he died of his injuries. The worker who was hit by the truck sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
“It’s still a very active investigation and very complex – a large scene,” Williams said Friday evening.
He said the suspect was restrained by several people when nearby York Regional Police officers arrived and took the man into custody.
Williams said he wasn’t able to provide too much information as officers were still piecing together what happened. He added there was more than one scene in connection with the investigation.
Steeles Av W + Allness St
– police are on scene investigating
– man has been pronounced deceased in hospital
– this is now a homicide investigation
– anyone w/info, dashcam footage, contact police#GO1684171
— Toronto Police Operations (@TPSOperations) September 3, 2021
When it came to the arrest of the man, Williams said he couldn’t provide additional information since Ontario’s police watchdog was notified about the arrest. He wouldn’t specify why exactly the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was contacted.
However, a SIU spokesperson told Global News as of late Friday the agency wasn’t invoking its mandate.
The SIU, an independent provincial agency, investigates incidents involving police that have resulted in death, serious injury or alleged sexual assault.
Meanwhile, as of Friday evening, officers didn’t release information on potential charges.
Williams appealed to anyone in the area between 1 and 1:30 p.m. with surveillance video or information to call officers at 416-808-3200.
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