Late last night on February 2, Toronto Police were called to a parking lot on Oak Street, between Sackville Street and Sumach Street, in Regent Park. Police officers located three male victims with serious injuries. There is an ongoing investigation from Toronto Police Services and anyone with information is asked to contact Toronto Police Service - 51 Division at 416-808-5100 or Toronto Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 (TIPS).
My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their loved ones. I am wishing them all a speedy recovery. It is impossible to understand these despicable and unacceptable acts of violence. Ones that no community or person should ever have to experience and ones that happen too often across the city.
Shooting incidents are traumatic for many including the direct victims, their families, and the larger community. These traumas are compounded now through the impacts of a global pandemic which can exacerbate traumatic responses and reactions. It is important to check in on loved ones as we navigate our own grief.
The City of Toronto including Toronto Community Housing has partnered with organizations to provide the survivors, their families, and community members with access to mental health supports during the pandemic. These services can be accessed by calling 211 or are available online here. I have compiled an additional list of mental health resources available on my website.