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Bloody weekend, six dead and six wounded

TORONTO – Not one but four shootings bloodied Brampton, Etobicoke, Mississauga and Newtonville, just north of Oshawa. Four were killed and five wounded in the armed violence of the weekend. 

Two men died around 2 a.m. yesterday morning in the parking lot of the Chandni Convention Centre located in the Gateway Blvd and Queen Street area. The two victims, Peel Regional Police spokesman Charles Payette said, had been denied entry to a Father’s Day dinner. “At the moment we have limited information about the suspect – said Payette – we ask witnesses and those who have videos of the incident to contact our investigators”. Meanwhile, footage from the numerous surveillance cameras placed around the banquet hall has already been handed over to the police.

And the Peel Regional Police homicide squad is also investigating the death of a man in his 30s who was shot dead around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning in Mississauga. The shooting took place at a townhouse complex on Alana Glen and Stargazer Drive, near Mavis Road and Eglinton Avenue. The identity of the victim, who lived in one of the houses and died in hospital, has not been made public.

Also in this case the police ask for the collaboration of citizens who have information or videos that may prove useful to the investigation.

And again on Friday night – at 11:40 to be precise – Toronto police officers found a dead man and one in serious condition following a shooting that took place in Etobicoke in the Scarlett Road and Scarlettwood Court area, south of Lawrence Avenue West. Police have not yet released information about the suspect.

Three people were injured in Newtownville – a rural community located 30 kilometers east of Oshawa – at 1:45 yesterday morning two by gunfire and one stabbed. A fourth man was unharmed because the bullet, fortunately for him, just touched him. It happened at a house in Concession 4 and Newtonville Road in the Clarington neighborhood of Newtonville. Two of the injured were rushed to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. And three women were also killed over the weekend, two from severe burns. Emergency teams arriving at 275 Chester Le Boulevard, east of Victoria Park Avenue in Scarborough, found a man and a woman with injuries caused by the fire: the latter, identified as Henrietta Viski, 37, a resident of Toronto, died on her arrival at the hospital. Ending up in handcuffs was Norbert Budai, 38.

Another assault on a woman took place at kipling subway station near Kipling Avenue and Dundas Street. A 35-year-old man was stopped by police after a woman was set on fire while she was on a TTC bus in what police called a “random attack”. “The suspect was accused of spilling some kind of liquid substance or accelerant on the woman and then setting the fire, causing a fire and burns to the victim – said Toronto police officer Alex Li – TTC employees, as well as people who were nearby, helped the victim who was rushed to hospital in critical condition”. The woman, who is about 20 years old, suffered second- and third-degree burns.

Peel police are hunting down 29-year-old Linval Alfonso Ritchie, a partner of a woman who was found dead inside a House in Brampton. The man is wanted for murder and “is considered armed and dangerous.” No details are known about the incident but the police urge Ritchie to contact a lawyer and set himself up.

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