After three high profile public shootings in Toronto in less than two months, Mayor Rob Ford says what the city is dealing with are really just "a couple of isolated an unfortunate incidents."
Ford made the comments at an impromptu news conference Tuesday near the scene of a shootout where 12 hours earlier, a 14-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man were shot and killed, 21 others were wounded by gunfire and three more people trampled.
"Everyone has to move on and carry on with their life," said Ford. "And the most important thing right now is that we apprehend the suspects and let the courts proceed as they may."
Ford told reporters he toured the scene of the shooting on Danzig Street, in southeast Scarborough.
"It looked life the aftermath of a party, except for a lot of gun casings," he said.
Although he said he was "bothered" by what he saw he still considers the crime an "isolated" incident.
He didn't mention if he had met with any of the people forced to flee for their lives.
"I'm just here to support the police," Ford said.
And in spite of the recent brazen shootings at Toronto's Eaton Centre and in Little Italy, Ford continued to insist Toronto is safe.
"You know this is the safest city in the world. I've always said that, and I truly believe it, and the numbers show that."
He didn't specify which statistics he was citing, adding he was "very, very proud to live here. I was born here and intend to spent the rest of my life here. And I encourage other people to come here and enjoy this great city."
Early Tuesday Ford's office released a statement from the mayor saying he was "shocked and disgusted by this senseless act of violence."