Monday, June 19, 2006

Stop the Violence walk marred by shootings

From the Toronto Star (Shootings mar anti-gun walk by Paul Moloney, June 19):

Just as yesterday's Stop the Violence walk was getting underway downtown, a man in his early twenties was shot with a handgun three times in the right arm and once in the upper chest in the Sheppard Ave. E. and Neilson Rd. area.

A police spokesman said that about 3:15 p.m. a young man was shot several times at a bus stop and taken to Sunnybrook hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Sixteen hours before yesterday's inaugural walk, a 13-year-old boy walked into Etobicoke General Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The boy, who was talking to friends in Emmett Park near Eglinton Ave. W. and Scarlett Rd., was hit when shots rang out from a white van that drove by.

The shootings, and the gunshot wounding of a 17-year-old boy early Saturday, were a grim reminder of the seriousness of the mission of Stop the Violence, organized by the Toronto Argonauts in partnership with the Toronto Police Association and corporate sponsors, including the Toronto Star.

Several hundred people assembled at Nathan Phillips Square for the two-kilometre walk through downtown Toronto,

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