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Suspect who allegedly shot projectile at TTC worker also fired at another person outside a mall, say police

Toronto police are looking for one or more suspects after two assaults in Scarborough that saw victims allegedly struck by projectiles fired from a vehicle less than 24 hours apart.

On Saturday, police say that a uniformed TTC employee was standing at a bus shelter when the suspect shot the victim with an “orange-tipped, rifle-style gun, that fires small projectiles.”

The incident occurred in the area of Markham Road and Progress Avenue on Jan. 21, at 6:15 p.m., police say.

The victim was struck twice with the projectiles, according to police.

The suspect reportedly fired the projectiles from the passenger seat of a dark coloured four-door sedan, said police, adding the vehicle in that incident fled the scene.

The suspect is described as being 15-19 years-old with a thin-build and wearing all dark clothing.

Mayor John Tory condemned the shooting on Twitter and said he believed “anyone threatening or inflicting violence on transit workers should face the most serious of consequences for their actions from our justice system.”

The second incident occurred at the Scarborough Town Centre in the McCowan and Progress avenues area on Jan. 20, at 9:30 p.m.

Police allege the victim was standing in front of a Walmart outside of the mall’s lower level entrance when they were stuck with a “projectile.”

The suspects were in a dark-coloured van when the assault occurred, police said in a news release.

Police believe the same suspect may be behind both incidents. Investigators also believe more suspects may be involved in the incidents and are asking anyone who may have witnessed any of the attacks to contact police.

Anyone with information can contact police at 416-808-4300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or at

Edward Djan is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @EdwardDjan1


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