Children scatter as man shot dead in Toronto

A bullet hole in a resident's SUV at the scene of a shooting in Toronto on May 25, 2014. (Dave...

A bullet hole in a resident's SUV at the scene of a shooting in Toronto on May 25, 2014. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

TORONTO - Some 35 children were playing in an east-end Toronto Community Housing complex when multiple gunshots rang out Saturday night, leaving one man dead and three others wounded.

Tammy Davis was outside playing cards with other tenants of 66 Walpole Ave. — in the Greenwood Ave. and Gerrard St. area — just before 9 p.m., while keeping an eye on her two grandkids on the complex’s courtyard playground several metres in front of her.

“The next thing we knew we heard pop-pop-pop-pop-pop,” she said. “Kids started running and screaming. Everyone started hopping over the fence. We heard a woman screech, and you could tell it was a death scream.”

Davis, 53, said immediately following the six to eight shots she heard, a man cut southbound through the playground “like a speeding bullet.”

“I don’t know if he was one of the ones who got shot,” she said. “It looked like he was running for his life. He looked anywhere from 25 to 35. He didn’t look like he was from here.”

Homicide Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux confirmed 21-year-old Douglas Parker died at the scene.

“It’s safe to say he was targeted,” Giroux said Sunday.

Three others — all men in their early 20s – were taken to hospital. Two remained there Sunday with non-life-threatening injuries while the third was released.

Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun at the scene and a suspect is outstanding.

“I’m still reviewing all the canvass reports with regards to daylight canvass, because at night, people are a little reluctant to answer the door,” Giroux said. “I had a daylight and ground search done, so I’m reviewing them.”


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