TORONTO—Police say they are searching for a shooter and a getaway driver after two young sisters were injured in a “brazen” daylight shooting Thursday.
The girls, aged five and nine respectively, were rushed to hospital after a male approached a park where 11 children were playing and opened fire at a man nearby, police said.
The sisters were underwent surgery and are now in stable condition, they added.
“This is a horrendous crime,” Detective Sgt. Jim Gotell said. “It’s not often we see two young girls shot in a public playground … We would like the suspects to contact police and turn themselves in, because we’re coming for you.”
The shooter fled the area in a black, four-door 2007 to 2011 Nissan Versa sedan, police said.
2 CHILDREN SHOT-Vehicle/Suspect(s) to ID~Info call police 416-808-4200~Anonymous tips Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477~Thurs Jun14/2018 5:01pm police responded to reports of a shooting at McCowan Rd Alton Towers Circle area~2 girls aged 5 & 9 shot~11 children in park at time ^sm pic.twitter.com/mViWBENx2t
— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) June 15, 2018
Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders called the shooting “a cowardly act” Thursday evening and urged the perpetrator’s friends to contact investigators.
“I can tell you that we are putting every resource on this to make sure we apprehend the person who would be motivated to do something like this in the city of Toronto,” he said.
“We will be taking aggressive action toward resolving this particular investigation.”
Mayor John Tory said all of Toronto wants justice for the two girls.
“I cannot imagine the anguish the family and friends of the two girls shot while playing in a park are experiencing tonight,” he said in a statement.