Man, 28, wounded in ‘targeted’ drive-by shooting in Toronto’s west end

Toronto Police say an early morning drive-by shooting in Long Branch on Monday was targeted.

Duty Insp. Michael Williams said that around 8:30 a.m. on 37th St., south of Lake Shore Blvd. W., a car was sprayed with gunfire and a 28-year-old man was struck by a bullet.

The victim sustained injuries to his lower body and leg and was transported to hospital.

“What we know right now is that it is a targeted shooting,” said Williams. “The two came into contact with each other but not in an accident, but they may have spotted each other earlier on this morning.”

The victim’s grey, four-door Hyundai Sonata was hit by at least four bullets that raked along the driver’s side — under the handle, bottom of the driver’s door, in the gas cap area and under the rear directional light.

There were two suspects in the second vehicle, a black hatchback, wearing dark clothes and masks, police said.

“What it sounds like is the passenger window opened up and the passenger open fired on our victim,” said Williams.

Thomas Colson, an area resident, was still shaking long after hearing the shooting.

“I’m still shaking like a leaf,” said Colson, who hid behind the side of a building after hearing gunfire.

When he emerged, he saw the victim’s car and then the man exit limping.

“He got out of the vehicle and dropped his hat and started to limp,” said Colson. “Then I figured he got shot in the leg and he wasn’t going anywhere.”

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Williams said the area has become “hot” recently and investigators have responded to quite a lot of gunfire.

On April 17, a 14-year old boy — an innocent bystander — was hurt during a hail of gunfire just before 6 p.m. in the Islington and Lake Shore Blvd. W. area.

Previous to that, two undercover officers trying to apprehend two bank robbers were slashed and stabbed during a takedown.