One young man was killed and his cousin was wounded in a wild shooting involving two moving vehicles on a North York residential street in broad daylight Wednesday.
Toronto Police say 911 callers initially reported the occupants of the two cars appeared to shooting at each other as they drove south on Laura Rd., near Sheppard Ave. W. and Jane St., just before 5 p.m.
But investigators later determined bullets were only fired from one car.
“There was a black vehicle southbound on Laura Dr., another black vehicle overtook it on the left side and opened fire on it,” Sgt. Rob Duthie, of 31 Division, said at the scene.
He said the car that was being shot took evasive action, steering to the right, jumping the curb and travelling west through Silvio Colello Park before crashing through a chain-link fence and ending up partially in the backyard of a home on Lomar Dr.
Responding officers found one vehicle with two men inside suffering from gunshot wounds.
One victim, 21, was rushed via an emergency run to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The second victim, also 21, was treated in hospital for minor injuries.
Duthie said the two men are cousins and the survivor is cooperating with police.
The shooting is believed to have been targeted.
The second car with the gunman inside fled the area after the shooting, possibly heading east on Sheppard Ave. W.
It is described as a black, four-door, newer-model Honda.
In the aftermath of the shooting, several empty shell casings were strewn across Laura Rd.
A large area, including the street and park, was cordoned off as police gathered evidence and spoke to area residents.
Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation.
The dead man, whose name was not immediately released, is the city’s 37th murder victim of the year and the 24th person killed by gunfire.