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Male shot near Bathurst and Adelaide; CityNews cameraman sees pellet gun nearby

Last Updated Nov 1, 2018 at 4:37 pm EDT

A pellet gun is seen on the ground in Toronto on Nov. 1, 2018. CITYNEWS

A male walked to a hospital after being shot near Bathurst and Adelaide streets early Thursday morning.

Emergency crews were called to the scene just before 5 a.m.

Police said the victim had left a club and was walking to his car in a parking lot when he was approached by a male with a gun.

According to a police, an altercation, possibly a robbery, took place and the male was shot. After turning up at the hospital, he was taken to a trauma centre in serious condition.

Around 7 a.m., while gathering news footage at the scene, a CityNews cameraman claimed he saw a man in a taxi holding what appeared to be a gun.

“He just drove by me and he said, ‘Hey, camera guy,’ and then brought out this pistol — this black pistol,” the cameraman told police.

Police ran after the cab and apprehended the man but then released him after no gun was found.

Moments after the man was released, the cameraman spotted what looked like a gun lying on the ground and flagged it to police.

Police later told CityNews that it was a pellet gun and provided the following statement.

“Our officers received the report from the camera operator and investigated, leading to the gunpoint arrest.

“After their interaction with the taxi driver and suspect, there was no evidence to suggest the man had presented a firearm or discarded one from the taxi. Both driver and passenger were identified by officers.

“Our officers have to balance detaining a suspect with the evidence presented before them and released the man, but do not call in question the sincerity of the camera operator in his statement to police.

“After an examination of the taxi and review of its security footage, there is no evidence that a firearm was present in the vehicle.

“At this point, there is no evidence that links the pellet gun to that taxi passenger, however, the investigation into the possession of the pellet gun will continue.”

The shooting and pellet-gun sighting are likely unrelated, according to police.