Five men were injured early Saturday morning when someone opened fire on a group of men who had just finished midnight prayers in Scarborough, Toronto police say. The victims are aged between 28 and 35.
Substitute Actor David Rydzik says that around one in the morning, a group of people celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan gathered in a parking lot to discuss where to eat.
Rydzik says the group was “randomly attacked” in a car shooting, adding that there is no information suggesting the victims are involved in any type of crime.
“As they were here and preparing to leave, gunshots rang out,” Rydzik said at a press conference Saturday afternoon.
“Unfortunately five people were hit by those bullets from what we believe possibly came from a vehicle on Markham Road that was traveling.”
Four victims were found on the scene with gunshot wounds and transported to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, police say.
A fifth victim, who also suffered non-fatal injuries, headed for the hospital.
Rydzik says three of the victims have been discharged from the hospital.
Nadeem Sheikh, a board member of the Scarborough Muslim Association, asked the authorities to arrest the suspects.
“I’m really upset and worried. I’m worried. Five mature, adult, family-oriented men were killed this morning,” he said.
Police previously said the suspects fled in what appears to be a blue domestic car, but information on the suspects is not available according to Rydzik.
“At this point, I can’t say for sure which vehicle was used in this particular shooting, nor do I have a suspicious description right now,” he said.
Police are asking anyone with information or footage from the camera to contact Division 43 or Crime Stoppers anonymously.