And the drumbeat for the handgun ban just keeps going and going and going and going....
2006 begins with another gun killing
Toronto mayor saddened by news
Jan. 2, 2006. 12:44 AM
A 21-year-old man found slumped in the front seat of a car in a convenience store parking lot early Sunday morning is Toronto's first homicide victim of 2006. He died of apparent gunshot wounds, according to police.
Police found the body of Dillan Yhanike Anderson in a Cadillac parked near a dumpster loaded with garbage, a bullet hole visible through the front windshield.
Anderson's slaying follows a record year of death by gunfire here - 52 of Toronto's 78 homicides in 2005 were the result of gun violence, more than double the 24 gun-related deaths in 2004.
In an unrelated incident, police said a man was taken to hospital after he was stabbed in the neck at a restaurant on College St. near Spadina Ave.
The man, who has non-life-threatening injuries, was injured just after revellers began cheering in the New Year.
Residents of the Dufferin St.-Eglinton Ave. W. area where AndersonÕs body was found awoke to see police cars and webs of yellow police tape cordoning off his car.
Marie Xerri-Glass of Vaughan, who was visiting her elderly mother for New Year's, said she woke around 5 a.m., but heard no shots.
"We didn't hear anything but around 5 a.m. the dog acted strangely and came into the bedroom," she said.
"It's a bit frightening when this happens across the street from where you live," Xerri-Glass added. "My mother is not happy about it."
Police confirmed Anderson was charged three years ago with robbery and using an imitation firearm in an incident that also involved a youth armed with a gun.
The North York Mirror reported at the time that the man Anderson allegedly robbed was shot in the parking lot of a North York highrise as he tried to flee.
Yesterday's homicide occurred as the city was still reeling from the shooting death of 15-year-old Jane Creba near the Eaton Centre a week ago, which also left six other people injured.
Geoff Tebbutt, who moved into the area about six months ago, said he stumbled across the scene when he went out to do some errands at the local corner store, where Anderson's car was found.
"That's really scary," said Tebbutt, 44. "The first murder of the year and it's in our block - it's not a good thing."
The shooting got the attention of Mayor David Miller who, after celebrating the mayor's annual New Year's levee Sunday afternoon, met with reporters and deplored the violent beginning to the year.
"This once again appears to be connected to the gangs and the drug trade," Miller said. "It was very sad. Every shooting fills me with sadness."
Miller said he looked forward to a heavier police presence on TorontoÕs streets.
"I'm very pleased that another 300 police officers will be on the streets of Toronto in two weeks, patrolling neighbourhoods, patrolling downtown," he said. "That's very important.
"I'm pleased with the Prime Minister's commitment to ban handguns because guns stolen from collectors are used in crimes in the streets of Toronto and we have to get them off the street.
"With the Prime Minister's commitment Saturday to get our civil services together, we can start getting some of the money that's been committed out into the neighbourhoods where it's needed."
Because, you know, it would be ok if he had merely been beaten to death.
Damn those Canadians ought to just outlaw murder
wonder if the caddy had color wheels on the headlights or fur seat covers.