A teenage girl was killed and six others wounded Monday in a volley of shots that had Boxing Day bargain-hunters scrambling for safety in one of Toronto’s busiest shopping areas. One witness described the shooting as a drive-by attack. Police were investigating gang connections, reports the Globe and Mail.
“I think everyone in Toronto will be angry about what happened here,” said Police Chief Bill Blair. The teenager was the 52nd person to have been killed by a gun in Canada’s largest city during a year of violence that has rattled citizens and alarmed politicians. There have been 78 homicides this year, about twice as many as in 2004. Earlier this month, Liberal Leader Paul Martin proposed a ban on handguns.