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National Post: After seventh fatal shooting in a month, deputy police chief laments ‘reckless’ gun culture

Posted by cgccanada on August 13, 2009

By Melissa Leong, National Post

Toronto’s deputy police chief says fighting gun violence is the force’s number one priority, but officers are stymied by a culture in which young men get status by shooting someone.

‘‘This is what really bothers me, the recklessness of the people doing the shooting,’’ said Deputy Chief Tony Warr, pictured above. ‘‘They shoot in the general direction of the target and if someone gets hit, who cares. They shoot someone, they get status. If their gun is dirty, which means they’ve shot someone with it, it means it’s a more valuable gun. That’s what we have to change. I wish I knew how to do that.’’

Homicide detectives are probing the city’s seventh fatal shooting in less than a month (click on the graphic to see more). A 22-year-old man was gunned down Monday night while riding his bike on a residential street in Rexdale. Tevane Sean Lennon’s killer fired several shots at him from a dark-coloured car with tinted windows.

He was the 18th person killed by gun violence this year, five fewer than in the same period last year. But since January, 210 people have been shot, up from 188 during the same period in 2008. Shooting occurrences are also up 20.7%, to 163 from 135 this time last year…more

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