Toronto Shooting “Unprecedented” In Canadian History

    July 17, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Canada is well-known for hockey, cold weather, and, perhaps most foreign to those of us in the states, an extremely low crime rate. It was famously documented in Michael Moore’s “Bowling For Columbine” that many Canadians don’t even keep their doors locked, and while that sort of trusting mentality surely doesn’t go for every citizen, it does illustrate the general feeling of safety held by Canadians.

Perhaps that’s why, when a shooting occurred at a large outdoor event in Toronto yesterday, people were completely shocked and left fearing what it means for the future of their city. The incident left two people dead–a teenage girl and a young man in his 20’s–and injured 19 others, including a baby. Officials are calling it the biggest crime they’ve ever seen.

“It is the most serious crime of its kind that has ever taken place in the city of Toronto,” police chief Bill Blair said. “The level of violence is something we have never experienced.”

Blair stated that there were handguns involved, one of which was recovered at the scene; they know more than one person was responsible for firing shots, but aren’t sure yet just how many. He did say that the shooting was “unprecedented” in Canada’s history; however, a recent incident of gun violence in a Toronto mall left one man dead and several people injured when someone opened fire in the food court. While that shooting wasn’t as big in scope as the more recent one, people are clearly shocked that their city is amping up the crime rate.

  • Mark B

    Crime rates in the canadian west are higher than much of the USA, saskatoon and winnipeg have higher violent crime rates and murder rates than LA or NYC, and statistically every canadian will be a victim of slightly over 1 violent crime, not taking into account location. Canada has spree killers, serial killers, and school shooters just like most countries have.

    Michael Moore is a sensationalist who practices yellow journalism and has not once made a piece where the immediate bias and message was not readily identifiable, to my knowledge. If you want information on canadian crime rates i would refer you to the RCMP website, or the major city police department websites.

    • SoCalGT

      Hi Mark, Do you know where I can find any of these stats for Canadian crime you mention? Thanks!