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Gun violence on the rise in Toronto: report

Last Updated Jul 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm EDT

Toronto police at the scene after a teenaged girl was shot on Jamestown Crescent on July 9, 2015. CITYNEWS/Amanda Ferguson

Ten years after the deadly season known as Toronto’s Summer of the Gun, the number of shootings in the city is reportedly soaring once again.

According to police data obtained by the Toronto Sun, 36 more people have been shot so far this year in Toronto compared to the same time last year.

Toronto police statistics show a 48 per cent increase in the number of shootings. There were 135 incidents involving a gun this year compared to 91 at this time last year.

Of the 135 incidents this year, 88 people were actually shot. Seventy-six of those were wounded and 12 were killed. Of the 91 incidents in 2014, 53 people were shot. Forty of those were wounded and 13 were killed.

Twelve of 25 homicides in the city this year have been by gunfire, the Sun reports.

There’s also been a 90 per cent increase in the number of people injured by gunfire.

During the Summer of the Gun in 2005, shootings were responsible for 52 of 79 of the city’s homicides.