A shooting outside Coxwell Station on Tuesday has TTC riders worried and police searching for suspects.
The front entrance was closed after one man allegedly pointed a gun at the pavement and fired one shot before running east.
Luckily, no one was hurt – but many people were shaken up.
One man was sitting in his car waiting to pick up his wife when the violence broke out at the height of rush hour.
“It’s a scary thing to be sitting six or seven feet away from a gun going off,” described the eyewitness.
Raoul Doiron lives in the area and saw the beginning of the fight.
“I just saw two guys, I think they were arguing or something,” he outlined.
“They looked like they were going to fight. Then I heard a gunshot and one guy just ran into the station and the other guy just ran down the street.”
That’s in line with other reports given to police. Witnesses say they saw a gunman pull a chain from another man’s neck before the gun went off.
“We’re trying to figure out if robbery was the motive or if someone grabbed the chain and assault was the motive,” said Staff Sgt. Paul Jones.
All subway trains on the Bloor-Danforth line bypassed Coxwell subway station, and buses were diverted to Woodbine. Normal service has since resumed.
No arrests have been made.
There has been a rash of gunfire in recent weeks, an outbreak that has police concerned.
“We were having a very successful, quiet summer. But we have seen in the last two weeks a surge in violence,” Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said on Wednesday.
“Unfortunately, we believe that’s attributed to the activities of a relatively small number of people who are involved in gangs, who are involved in guns and who are involved in the drug trade.”
Police have stepped up patrols in certain neighbourhoods and there were fears that the crime would simply move to another area. That’s an idea Blair was eager to put to rest.
“It’s not a question of displacement, by the way, because we’ve really examined this,” he stressed.
“The violence in those communities is being perpetuated by people living in those neighbourhoods. So a dispute has broken out between various groups, between various individuals, that has given rise to this violence.”
There’s a Police Service Board meeting scheduled for Thursday and violence on the TTC will be on the agenda.