Eli Ridder, Arnold Samson | Report

No victims were found after emergency services responded to a call over gunshot sounds on Monday night but shell casings were located on Humberline Dr., Toronto Police told The Avro Post on Wednesday.

There was a “call for Sound of Gunshots” at 9:37 p.m. in the “Humberline Dr. and Humber College Bvld. area”, Media Relations Officer Caroline de Kloet wrote in an email.

“Officers searched the area for victims. None were located.”

Section of Humberline Dr. on April 3, 2019 / The Avro Post.

Five gunshots were heard around 9:30 p.m. on Monday night from the western intersection of Humberline Dr. and Holyoake Cr. near Humberwoods Park, a source told The Avro Post Tuesday evening.

Graphic of Humberline Dr. shooting incident.

It was the first time The Avro Post was able to define the timing of a shooting incident that triggered a police response just minutes from the North Campus of Humber College.

Multiple witnesses said there was a shooting by Holyoake Cr. on Monday night and a five-vehicle police presence accompanied by K-9 units were active around the area for several hours.

Previously, it was believed the shooting took place before 11 p.m. but there was no exact time specified as details were scarce. The Avro Post heard from witnesses and a Humber Et Cetera reporter on the scene.

Around 10 p.m., a Snapchat screenshot went out purportedly of a conversation the Humber Daily account was having with an individual who was nearby, confirming that a shooting took place.

“A shooting just happened beside my house and nobody has been apprehended,” the user, who had their name blocked out, told Humber Daily, which is run by Ekm Sohal.

Later on Monday night, sources told a student reporter with The Avro Post that there was police activity at Holyoake Cr. because a shooting occurred. It is understood they lived nearby.

It is unclear whether these sources saw the Snapchat screenshot or if they heard of the shooting independently. However, they were at the scene when the police started to cordon off areas.

Humber Et Cetera reporter Rachael Taylor gave more detailS to The Avro Post on Tuesday morning, saying that Humberline Dr. between the two Holyoake Cr. intersections were cordoned off.

Taylor arrived at the scene about 30 minutes after Sohal posted the Snapchat and found that there was no ambulance in sight and a police operation was underway.

“They were blocking off the road and a large part of the park [or] forested area across the way,” Taylor explained to The Avro Post, saying that there were four police cars and the K-9 unit vehicle.

This is not the first incident of its kind near North Campus. There was a major shooting last year in August and another in 2016. There have been reports of stabbings in the past as well.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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