Toronto Community Housing president and CEO Gene Jones has issued a statement following the shooting death of a teenager Monday, Feb. 11, noting the social housing provider is working closely with police in the investigation.
“We are deeply saddened by last night’s shooting,” the statement issued Tuesday, Feb. 12 by Jones and board chair Bud Purves said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim and the residents of the Firgrove Crescent community. Toronto Community Housing is working closely with Toronto Police Service to assist them with their investigations. Staff are in the community working alongside the city’s crisis team to assist residents who require support. Acts of violence like this affect everyone in the community and the city. They remind us of the need to continue Toronto Community Housing’s work with the police, the city, local agencies, partners and our residents to find solutions to keep our communities safe.”
Police were called to a townhouse complex at 40 Turf Grassway, in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue area, around 10:30 p.m. and found the 15-year-old victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso.
He was taken to hospital and later died.
Police are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.
Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow also issued a statement, calling on the federal government to improve employment opportunity for young people and implementation of the Youth Action Plan.
“Sadly, he is the third youth killed by guns in Toronto this year,” she said. “To prevent youth violence, we must do more. We can give hope and create more opportunities for youth. I call on the federal government to make the Canada Summer Jobs program year-round, and make the Youth Gang Program permanent instead of project based.
We can better support our police with a national witness protection program, and improve the markings on imported firearms so they can trace illegal guns. And we can implement Roy McMurtry and Alvin Curling’s Youth Action Plan by putting more prosecutors in Ontario’s guns and gangs task-force and anti-gun-smuggling border initiative. We can reduce violent crime if we take action.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.