Guns and gangs unit probe several recent shootings with few leads

The Guns and Gangs Unit is investigating four shooting incidents that occurred last week, following several other cases of shots fired this spring. There were no injuries in any of the recent shootings.

As usual in these cases there's little information.

The victims in a shooting on the 417 at Rochester only identified the shooters as driving a black vehicle, there are few details about the suspects in an Elgin Street shooting, and next to no information about two shootings in the Market.

The Guns and Gangs Unit is following up on all the leads they have, including the weapons used.

Acting Staff Sgt. Ken Bryden told CFRA's Afternoon Edition these shootings typically involve illegal handguns.

"Fifty per cent of the guns that we're seeing are smuggled across the border and the other 50 per cent are obtained through domestic means, so, you know, local break and enters or home invasions or thefts and that sort of stuff from legitimate gun owners," said Bryden.

He said they don't believe any of the four most recent cases are gang-related or gang-motivated.

"As we have done in these recent but pretty much in every case we always reach out to the members in our community for help and assistance. For anybody that may have seen something during one of these incidents or heard something, be it personally or through conversations with other people we encourage them to contact the police," he said.

The Guns and Gangs Unit can be reached at 613 236 1222 ext. 5050.

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