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17-year-old boy dead, five others injured after shooting in Mississauga
A 17-year-old boy who was killed in a shooting in Mississauga, Ont., on Saturday night was an innocent victim, Peel Regional Police say.

Peel Police Chief Chris McCord told reporters on Sunday that investigators believe there were at least seven shooters involved in gunfire that also injured four other teens and a woman in a parkette behind an apartment complex. He called the shooting "very brazen."

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Officers have recovered more than 100 shell casings at the crime scene. McCord said the shooters were mostly armed with semi-automatic handguns.

The scene of the shooting in Mississauga. I can count at least 14 police cruisers here right now. 1 person is dead & four others were shot- including two teenagers, now with serious injuries, and one woman in life-threatening condition. @CityNews pic.twitter.com/l8U0tpZjqx

Shooting that killed innocent bystander appears to have been motivated by rap video: police

The shooting occurred on Darcel Avenue near Dunrankin Drive, in the area of Morning Star and Goreway Drive in Mississauga, a city west of Toronto. Police were called to the apartment complex at about 6:15 p.m.

Sgt. Iryna Yashnyk said they havent determine whether the shooting was targeted. We are still speaking with witnesses and trying to determine that … To our knowledge this wasnt related to any event or festivity that was taking place.

"Our investigation leads us to believe that the young man who died last night was actually an innocent victim caught up in this indiscriminate attack," McCord said at a news conference near the scene.

"The attackers had complete disregard for public safety within our community and the community made up of the people who live here."

I am a mother and I was just crushed to hear that there are individuals marring a beautiful evening by executing senseless violent crimes with semi-automatic weapons, she said. My heart goes out to the family of this innocent victim, now deceased, who by all accounts was outstanding young man who lived here in the complex. It is just a senseless event.

McCord said police also believe the shooting was targeted and motivated by a rap music video that was filmed in the same area and released last week. He said there is information in the video "challenging" other people in the community.

This was very brazen. It was a beautiful evening. There was an ice cream truck here and there were families lined up outside the ice cream truck and then they (the suspects) came in and just indiscriminately opened fire with no regard for any of the innocent people gathered here, he said.

"This was an ambush-type attack. The intended targets appeared to be a group preparing to film a rap video. The rap video that was shot at this location on an earlier date — and we're still trying to establish when that video was shot here — has motivated this attack. Another video was to be filmed last night when this attack occurred."

He said that it appears as though the suspects covertly approached the side of the apartment building and then made their way along the side of the building before getting into position and indiscriminately opening fire on those shooting the video in the park behind the building.

When officers arrived at the parkette, they found the teen boy suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Peel paramedics tried to save his life, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released. Next of kin have been notified.

We believe their (the suspects) motive for coming here was to target those individuals shooting the rap video. There just happened to be a lot of people outside – it was a nice night last night – and they became victims caught up in this attack, he said.

The five injured people — a 50-year-old woman, a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, and two 17-year-old boys — were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say that at least seven individuals armed with semi-automatic handguns indiscriminately opened fire on a group filming a rap video in a Malton parkette on Saturday evening, killing an innocent bystander in the process.

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Police say one of the injured people has been released from hospital and the remaining four are in stable condition.

"We would like to extend our condolences to the family," he said. "Our officers attended the scene and provide life-saving measures to try and help the young person.

Some of the injured are also believed to be innocent victims caught in the gunfire, McCord said. The victims are not related to each other, he added.

Emergency crews were called outside an apartment building on Darcel Avenue, in the area Morning Star and Goreway Drives, just before 6:30 p.m. for reports of shots fired.

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McCord said the shooting occurred as people in the parkette were setting up to shoot a music video and an ice cream truck was parked nearby. 

McCord said there is a large scene due to numerous shell casings found in the area. Police have also located vehicles that have bullet holes.

A number of families were near the ice cream truck and police have talked to many people who were there. McCord said police would like to speak to the ice cream truck driver.

No one is in custody, no suspects have been identified and officers are reviewing security camera video. 

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McCord said all of shooters were dressed in dark clothing and some were wearing balaclavas to conceal their identities. They covertly approached the parkette on foot by the side of the building, and once they were in position, opened fire, he said. They fled on foot.

"I want to reassure the community that public safety is our priority for Peel Regional Police and this investigation will take some time as we go through all of the process."

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Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, who also spoke at the news conference, told reporters that her thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

I am a mother and I was just crushed to hear that there are individuals marring a beautiful evening by executing senseless violent crimes with semi-automatic weapons, she said. My heart goes out to the family of this innocent victim, now deceased, who by all accounts was outstanding young man who lived here in the complex. It is just a senseless event.

"My heart goes out to the family of the innocent victim. I'm so saddened and shocked by this incident," Crombie said.

This was very brazen. It was a beautiful evening. There was an ice cream truck here and there were families lined up outside the ice cream truck and then they (the suspects) came in and just indiscriminately opened fire with no regard for any of the innocent people gathered here, he said.

Crombie, on the verge of tears when she spoke, said Mississauga needs its share of provincial funding to combat guns and gangs. The city of Toronto has been given money to deal with its gun violence problem and Mississauga needs financial support too, she added.

He said that it appears as though the suspects covertly approached the side of the apartment building and then made their way along the side of the building before getting into position and indiscriminately opening fire on those shooting the video in the park behind the building.

As a member of the police services board, she said there could be a need to bring back a community police station in Malton, the area where the shooting occurred, and step up the police presence.

We believe their (the suspects) motive for coming here was to target those individuals shooting the rap video. There just happened to be a lot of people outside – it was a nice night last night – and they became victims caught up in this attack, he said.

On Sunday morning, police canvassed the neighbourhood, knocking on doors in the hopes of finding witnesses and security camera video.

Officers also sent out a drone to obtain an aerial view of the crime scene and brought in a metal detector to scan for stray bullets in the grass.

Emergency crews were called outside an apartment building on Darcel Avenue, in the area Morning Star and Goreway Drives, just before 6:30 p.m. for reports of shots fired.

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A 17-year-old boy was killed and five others were seriously injured after a shooting in Mississauga.

When asked if the shooting was targeted or gang-related, McCord said it is too early in the investigation to determine the motive.

One dead, five injured in shooting in Mississauga, Ont.

Emergency crews were called outside an apartment building on Darcel Avenue, in the area Morning Star and Goreway Drives, just before 6:30 p.m. for reports of shots fired.

A teen killed in an ambush-type shooting Saturday night west of Toronto is believed to be a bystander and police are searching for at least seven suspects who fired semi-automatic handguns in Mississauga, Ont., said the chief of Peel Regional Police.

"We would like to extend our condolences to the family," he said. "Our officers attended the scene and provide life-saving measures to try and help the young person.

He said the suspects were dressed in dark clothing, some hiding their faces with balaclavas and that they made their way on foot to a parkette behind an apartment complex where a rap video was expected to be filmed.

McCord said the victims were located in different areas of the complex. Some of the victims made their way to trauma centres.

I moved off and I go to my kitchen in case, because you never know where the gun is pointing, she said in a phone interview Sunday, adding that she was even more concerned as kids usually play in the parkette.

When asked if the shooting was targeted or gang-related, McCord said it is too early in the investigation to determine the motive.

Marjorie Judhan, who lives in the apartment complex, said she initially thought the gunfire was fire crackers, and she moved away from her balcony area as she heard several more shots.

He said preliminary information suggests that there are multiple suspects who were armed with semi-automatic weapons.

Suspects descriptions, McCord said, will be released after investigators have gathered all information.

Police believe the incident took place outside a building on Darcel Avenue, and as part of the investigation, Yashnyk said the building is being cleared “to make sure there are no further victims.”

"When you have individuals armed with weapons such as these, yes we do have a genuine concern for public safety."

As for a suspect description, or identification, Yashnyk said police don’t yet have any information on that, but “we’re speaking with several witnesses and will be canvassing for video.”

McCord said there is a large scene due to numerous shell casings found in the area. Police have also located vehicles that have bullet holes.

Speaking about the incident at the scene, Peel Police Const. Iryna Yashnyk confirmed that six people were shot, with one victim pronounced deceased on scene, and five others taken to hospital.

The police chief is urging people in the area who witnessed the shooting to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

A resident who does not want to be identified told CP24 that shootings happen a lot around in the area.

"Its really sad to know that someone is deceased around here. Im really sad for the family," she said.

5 people with serious injuries transported to local hospitals. Unable to confirm age and genders of victims at this time.

Peel police say one person is dead and four people are in hospital after a shooting in Mississauga. (Patrick Darrah)

Peel police are on the scene of a fatal shooting in the area of Morning Star and Goreway in Mississauga. (Patrick Darrah)