6 injured after shots fired into bakery in ‘targeted’ shooting: police

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By news staff

Six people suffered non life-threatening injuries after a shooting overnight at a bakery on Eglinton Avenue West that police believe was gang-related and targeted.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at Eglinton and Oakwood avenues, west of Allen Road, around 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

Toronto Police Superintendent Shaun Narine said the 24-hour bakery was open and filled with customers when a black SUV pulled up outside and someone began shooting into the storefront. He said investigators are treating it as a “gang-related and targeted event.”

Officials are still working to determine who the intended target or targets might be.

Narine says a group of people had gathered under the front alcove of the bakery to take shelter from the heavy rain at the time of the shooting. He stressed that is “not a gang-related location” and that some of the people gathered in the crowd are believed to be innocent bystanders.

The six victims range in age from 30 to 69-years-old.

The shooting shows a “brazen disregard for public safety,” said Narine.

There were “multiple occupants” in the black SUV, say police. There has been no word on a possible motive for the shooting.

Police say several other businesses in the area were open at the time and officials are canvassing the area for surveillance footage. Narine says it is possible the heavy rain at the time of the shooting could affect the quality of the video.

Police say five of the six people injured in the incident have been released from hospital, and the sixth person is expected to be released later today.

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