A man in his 20s is dead after a shooting in Etobicoke on Wednesday afternoon.
Police responded to a call at a row of townhouses on John Garland and Humber College boulevards at around 1:15 p.m.
A male victim, between 25 to 30 years old, was found with what police say was obvious gunshot wounds and pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have yet to identify the victim but family at the scene told CityNews his name was Blain Grindley.
“People are going to think ‘oh he must have been involved in something,’ no,” said his aunt Dehlia Foster. “I still can’t believe I’m never going to see him again.”
Foster says she’s seen this type of scene too many times on the news and it’s time for the community to band together and do something so that someone else won’t have to go through the same thing as her.
“We need to do something, we can’t wait on the authorities and we cannot wait on the government because nothing is happening. We need to come together, these are our kids,” said Foster.
“We shouldn’t wait for bad things to happen, to be all over the news. The youth need to see that we, as a society, we think enough of them to invest in them.”
“The tears of the mothers are falling too much on the streets of Toronto,” said pastor Marcus Martinez who echoed Foster’s remarks.
“We’ve had so many roundtables, so many gatherings talking about the epidemic that’s taking place in our city. We really need to work together as a community, to rally around our black, young men and help mentor them.”
Police said there was no description of any suspect or suspects at this time.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
One male victim had died after an early-afternoon shooting at 256 John Garland Blvd. A stretch of sidewalk between several residential units has been taped off. Police still in early stages of investigating. @680NEWS pic.twitter.com/8PsrQLCpqD
— Mark Douglas (@Douglas680NEWS) May 1, 2019