Gunfire broke out at a one-year-old's birthday party in Toronto

  • Gunfire broke out at a one-year-old's birthday party in Toronto

Gunfire broke out at a one-year-old's birthday party in Toronto

A five-year-old girl remains in life-threatening condition following a shooting during an outdoor children's birthday party in the Rexdale neighbourhood of northwest Toronto on Saturday evening, police say.

The townhouses on Tandridge Crescent and Byng Avenue in the Etobicoke neighborhood of the Canadian city were cordoned off at around 8pm with emergency personnel swarming the scene following the incident.

When they arrived they discovered four victims including three children - a one-year-old, a five-year-old and an 11-year-old - all suffering from gunshot wounds.

All were transported to trauma centres via an emergency rush.

The family of the five-year-old girl, who initially suffered life-threatening injuries, told CP24 that she is now in stable condition.

Details were still emerging Saturday night but what was known is that four victims were taken to hospital. They quote a senior police official as saying it was unbelievable.

"It's unconscionable", Taverner said, adding it's "hard to believe" anyone could shooting up a child's birthday party.

Paramedics said one in three children was in critical condition, one in critical condition and the other with minor injuries.

"I've been a police officer a number of years and this is one of the most disturbing scenes, when you see young people like this indiscriminately shot".

"It seems like that they were just there and happened to be... ended up being shot by the shooters".

The shooter or shooters fled the scene in a vehicle.

He said the injured one-year-old suffered a "graze" from a bullet and police were still working on descriptions of the suspects.

In a later update, Duty Inspector Kelly Skinner confirmed that there is more than one suspect involved.

"What we're doing right now is appealing for the community". This is a tragedy.

"My thoughts are with the children who were injured and their families and friends as they deal with the awful impact". "We need help", Taverner said Sunday.