Toronto Police Involved in Caribbean Fest Shooting

CBC News, August 1, 2011

Toronto police officers “interacted” with three men ahead of a fatal shooting and wounding of two others after this weekend’s Caribbean Carnival parade in Toronto, the province’s Special Investigations Unit says.

A 30-year-old Toronto man died and two other people were hospitalized after the incident.

The deceased has been identified, but his name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, according to police. A post-mortem in Toronto is scheduled for Monday morning.

The SIU, a civilian agency that investigates situations involving police and civilians that lead to a serious injury or death, said police were called to an area near the parade after receiving a report of a disturbance involving three men.

“Officers interacted with the men and shots were fired,” the SIU said in a news release early Sunday.

No more details about the shooting were released. It is unclear whether the officers involved fired the bullets that killed the man or wounded the others.

Emergency services officials said two people–the 30-year-old male and a 21-year-old Pickering woman–suffered multiple gunshot wounds, while the third male victim, an 18-year-old from Toronto, was injured in the eye.

The SIU said one man and the woman were taken to St. Mike’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The woman underwent surgery on Saturday night.

The man with the eye injury was admitted to Toronto General Hospital.

The SIU said it had assigned six investigators and three forensics investigators to the incident. Interviews with 16 civilian witnesses were progressing, the SIU said.

Festival CEO Denise Herrera Jackson said in a statement on the carnival’s website that organizers are deeply saddened by the loss of life.

“Our festival is about love and community, and to have this happen so close to our event is devastating,” Jackson said in the statement.

“We work so hard to make our event safe and family friendly, it is unthinkable that such a thing could happen.”

[Editor’s Note: The happenings at the Canadian Caribbean Festival are strangely similar to the chaos that broke out at the Washington, DC, Caribbean Festival.]

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  • Zach Sowers

    I used to enjoy visiting Toronto. I was so clean and safe compared to American cities.

  • highduke

    Nobody from the founding British stock or continental Germanic immigrants puts 2 + 2 together here publicly and the most race-conscious people are the East & South Europeans and Brown & Yellow Asians. Too bad Canada is such a young country born in the 20th century, its founding British stock easily self-manipulated in search of a new non-European identity.

  • Anonymous

    That reminds me, there’s the Notting Hill Carnival at the end of the month in London. Goody, can’t wait.

  • Mrs. Victoria

    The very title of this article is laced with anti-police attitude, making it sound as though officers take liberties to shoot people for no reason at such events. Perhaps CBS News should gather facts and details before reporting.

  • Whitey

    Same problem here in London every year with the Notting Hill Carnival. Blacks running riot, stabbing and shooting people. It’s all done in the name of “Diversity”. Last year there were over 400 arrests.Our Left-Wing liberal press and TV tries to hush up the violence by showing only blacks dancing to bongo drums and having a jolly good time at the taxpayer’s expence.

    Time the West wised up to the contribution being made by blacks to our culture – violence,disease and disorder!

  • Anonymous

    I used to enjoy visiting Toronto. I(t) was so clean and safe compared to American cities.

    I used to enjoy living in Toronto until the notion of white flight overcame my resistance to leave.

    American visitors to Toronto once marvelled at the clean streets, helpful residents, and most of all, a 95% homogeneous white population that allowed for safe walking at anytime. But that was 35-40 years ago.

    Irresponsible immigration from non-white countries has essentially changed that once-great city to one now resembling any U.S. city where the white population barely hovers over 54%.

    Black crime did not come into existence until low-skilled Caribbean immigrants began arriving in significant numbers during the ’70s.

    Today, blacks represent just over 8% of Toronto’s population, but they’re responsible for about 80% of the violent crime. Newspapers won’t reveal these stats, but talking to any cop on the street will tell you the facts.

    A few faces of our foreign imports:

    Toronto Police Most Wanted.

  • Bill Harzia

    The Toronto Caribbean Festival was run by CEO Denise Herrera Jackson. The provided link to the Washington, D.C. Caribbean Festival story chronicled an event with similar chaotic behavior.

    Question: is “Ms.” Jackson the CEO of both events? Is her company in charge of the upcoming Notting Hill event mentioned by other posters?

    For awhile, we had a fellow out here who would rent halls under false pretences. He would claim to represent this or that “civic group,” then use the hall for rap parties that usually ended in fights and shootings. Somebody needs to see if that is “Ms.” Jackson’s modus operandi also.