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Police: “We can not continue to have young boys exposed to this gun violence”

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A ‘tide’ of illegal weapons flowing across the border from the United States is fueling gun violence in the city, according to Toronto Police.

An update on the challenge these weapons pose came when police announced the arrest of a 13-year-old boy in connection with the city’s eighth murder this year – a 15-year-old.

“It’s a sad unfortunate example of the proliferation of small arms in our city,” Chief of Staff Lauren Pogue told reporters outside police headquarters as she spoke about the shooting Wednesday night.

“Our firearms investigators will be relentless in their efforts to determine the origin of these firearms involved.”

Two small arms and ammunition were seized.

The ‘spread’ that the police have described has fatal results very early in the new year.

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Almost all of the eight homicide victims have been shot dead.

Although shootings and shootings have been declining, there have been 179 people killed by weapons since 2018.

The flow of weapons to Toronto has been a problem for years.

“We are doing what we can to stem this tide,” Staff Supt. said Pogue.

“We want to do this because we can not continue to have young boys exposed to this gun violence.”

A Toronto police officer brings a bag of evidence into the underground parking garage at 72 Gamble Ave.  Thursday, January 20, 2022, the day after the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jordon Carter.  Jack Boland / Toronto Sun.
A Toronto police officer brings a bag of evidence into the underground parking garage at 72 Gamble Ave. Thursday, January 20, 2022, the day after the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jordon Carter. Jack Boland / Toronto Sun. Photo by Jack Boland /Toronto Sun.

Eight centralized teams are investigating all firearms in the city.

Staff suppt. Pogue did not have a record of where the seized weapons came from, but said that “most of them are illegal firearms. They are not firearms in the possession of authorized owners.”

Adds that “it’s only part of this disturbing increase in gun violence we’ve seen over the last many months.”

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Police say they are also battling gang activity, organized crime and the flow of illegal drugs.

In his year-end interview with The Sun in December, Police Chief James Ramer highlighted illegal weapons as “a significant problem.”

“We believe that the vast majority of them come hidden in vehicles across the border. It’s organized crime and the gangs are complicit in. It’s a priority for them to move them into this country. And that is a significant problem. “

Staff suppt. Pogue reiterated this view on Friday.

“It has been our experience that the majority of the firearms we seize in the city have come from across the border,” she said.

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