It sounded like firecrackers, but the screams that followed prompted one resident of Langford Avenue to call 9-1-1.
“I did see a fellow lying in the road — about 50 yards away,” a resident who did not want to disclose a name told the Observer.
“It’s a very quiet neighbourhood here, that’s what the biggest shock was.”
A 21-year-old male was shot near midnight Saturday evening on Langford Avenue north of Danforth Avenue, and died later in hospital, police say.
He has been identified as Tyrone Tomlinson of Toronto.
The incident is concerning locals.
“I came home last night from a bar around 12:30 and I saw a bunch of cop cars here, I asked them what happened and they told me someone got shot,” another resident said.
“It’s pretty crappy to be honest, too close to home, not a good feeling at all.”
Police have no information yet on whether the victim was targeted or it was a random incident, said Det. Sgt. Allen Love of 54 Division.
“I’m not sure what precipitated this, but you have to be concerned that there’s something that’s not really in keeping with the rest of the neighbourhood on this street,” the first resident said.
“We don’t really know what that is, but it’s something we hope is checked out.”
Although such incidents are “always concerning,” the neighbourhood is safe, Love said.