CHIEF SAUNDERS SAYS TORONTO NOT ALONE AS GUN VIOLENCE RISES

May 18, 2016

By Jane Brown

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Toronto’s police chief is playing down concerns about increasing gun violence in this city.

Mark Saunders is declining to give a concrete reason for it. Instead, he calls Toronto the safest urban city in North America and argues that it is not the only one experiencing a spike in gun violence.

“We have seen this year in Toronto very significant increases in homicide and other gun related crimes,” Chief Saunders explained at a news conference, “We are not alone. The Washington Post reported three days ago that the first months of 2016 have seen increases in homicides in more than two dozen cities. We cannot take comfort in that.”

Chief Saunders also says the most recent Toronto gun killing is solvable, and the key will be people stepping forward with information.

35 year old Rochelle Bobb was fatally shot while sitting in her boyfriend’s car in Rexdale on Sunday night. Her baby was delivered four months premature by emergency c-section soon after at Etobicoke General. The latest word on the infant is that he is in stable condition.

Toronto’s 29 murders so far this year is almost twice the number at the same time last year. Of those murders, 19 were the result of gun violence, compared with six at this time last year.

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