Danforth homicide shakes a neighbourhood

Police are still looking for a suspect in Toronto’s 46th homicide of the year after gunshots rang out last night near Pape and Danforth avenues, leaving one person dead.

The police service’s 54 Division responded to a call around 7:50 p.m. from a resident reporting gunshots on Gough Avenue.  The victim, a 27-year-old male, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gary Taitt, a sales representative at ReMax Realty on Pape Ave., said when he wasn’t sure what was going on when he heard the initial gunshots.

“First reaction, you hear two shots and you don’t think it’s a gun,” he said. “Then you hear four more shots and you know it’s a gun, and you’re scared.”

Taitt said after hearing the shots he locked the doors at his workplace and warned his co-workers. He also drove home a friend who lived nearby and who would later text him and inform him of the homicide.

“I’m sure everyone is so disheartened by what’s happened because this is such a community,” Taitt said. “We’re all a bit shaken up by what’s happened … You don’t really see that kind of thing on Gough.”

Tony Vella of Toronto Police Services said it is too early for police to identify a suspect or motive. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact 54 Division.