The victim, believed to be in her 50s, was struck in the head Monday afternoon after opening the door to her home on Snowball Cres., near Sheppard Ave. and Markham Rd.
Paramedics rushed her to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre just before 3pm, but it was too late to save her.
“She was rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital where she was attended to and subsequently she was pronounced (dead),” said Toronto Police Insp. Peter Yuen.
Investigators aren’t providing many details at this point but it’s thought the woman answered a knock at the door before the deadly shot was fired. Her family was inside the house at the time.
Though police weren’t releasing her name, friends said she was known in the area as ‘Auntie Jean.’
“She was a community activist but her arena she chose to be involved with the community was through the church,” said Vilma, a friend of the victim. “This is not the kind of woman who would be involved in something violent.”
There was widespread disbelief that a woman who did so much for her community would die such a horrible death on the first day of 2007.
“When I hear something like this, you know, it’s really a big hit to me,” said distraught friend Joe Henry. “Because, you know, to me it’s like my sister got shot, or my mother.
“It’s painful. Really painful.”
Police aren’t speculating yet on a motive for the unthinkable crime. But there are several undercover officers on the scene, which may suggest that investigators know who they’re looking for.
Mayor David Miller was saddened to hear of the murder. He won re-election on a campaign that included a vow to devote resources to at-risk communities.
“It’s a very sobering reminder (that) we simply have to get the guns off our streets,” he said.
Anyone with information for police in the murder case can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).