8 weekend shootings leave 1 dead

A violent weekend in Toronto has left one man dead and seven people recovering from gunshot wounds.

The violence began with two separate shootings early Saturday morning.

Shots rang out inside Peanut Plaza—a pub on Don Mills Rd. north of Sheppard Ave. E.—and outside in the parking lot of the strip mall just before 3 a.m. on Saturday.

Paramedics transported two men to hospital, each with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. A third man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say several patrons inside the bar became involved in a fight and one of the patrons pulled out a gun, firing several shots before escaping.

Melvin Gomez, a 24-year-old from Toronto, succumbed to his injuries.

Police said witnesses described two male suspects, believed to be in their 20s with brown complexions. One has a heavy build and was wearing a grey hooded sweater and white T-shirt. The other has a skinny build, was wearing dark clothing and a blue baseball cap, and was armed with a handgun.

An hour earlier, police responded to a separate shooting near a bus stop in the area of Lawrence Ave. W. and Jane St.

Investigators could not find any victims or figure out where the shooting had taken place. Later, two men showed up at a nearby hospital suffering from gunshot wounds.

Three more incidents occurred Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Shortly after 2 a.m., police from 14 Division responded to reports of gunfire on Dupont and Dufferin Sts.

A 16-year-old male was shot in the chest and transported to hospital. His injuries are considered life-threatening.

In another incident on Saturday, just before 9:30 p.m., police responded to a robbery call where a male victim was tied up and shot in the leg.

The three suspects then stole a quantity of cash from a commercial property on 1179 Finch Ave. W., police said.

Ten minutes later, another man was shot in the leg in the Jane St. and Woolner Ave. area.

That shooting appears to be random, said Acting Staff Sgt. Sandra Gregory.

“It might have been one of those times when someone was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said. The suspects fled the scene by car, police said.

Police are still unsure how many people were involved

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