Man, 21, in life-threatening condition, 4 others seriously injured following 'brazen' shooting in York

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Shortly before 10:30 p.m., police received reports of multiple gunshots in the area of Jane Street and St. Clair Avenue. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)
Shortly before 10:30 p.m., police received reports of multiple gunshots in the area of Jane Street and St. Clair Avenue. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

Five people, including a woman and two men, were seriously injured after two suspects began "indiscriminantly" shooting at a crowd of people in York Friday night, Toronto police say.

Police say the woman is in her 50s, one of the men is 21 years old, while the other is in his 40s. The sex and ages of the other two victims is currently unknown.

The 21-year-old man is listed in life-threatening condition. The injuries of the remaining four victims are considered non-life-threatening.

The incident happened shortly before 10:30 p.m., when police received reports of multiple gunshots in a parking lot in the area of Jane Street and Woolner Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene they found three victims in serious condition. One of the victims was transported to a trauma centre, while the other two were taken to a local hospital.

Police later said two other victims made their way to hospital on their own.

Police say the victims were shot by two men in a black sedan who drove into the parking lot and opened fire.

Both suspects drove away after the shooting.

Insp. Shawna Coxon told reporters Saturday that dozens of people were gathered in the parking lot because the area is an "informal community space" where people hang out and relax.

Coxon described the shooting as "brazen," adding that many more people could have been injured.

"I'm very concerned for the community," she said.

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Michael Charles Cole/CBC

Coxon says more than a dozen shell casings were recovered.

Toronto police say this was one of five shootings that took place in the city on Friday.

"It's very concerning," Coxon said.

"The last 24 hours has been violent in the city of Toronto."

'No regard for human life'

Initial reports indicate that the suspects with "no regard for human life just took it upon themselves to shoot out of their vehicle at anybody who was in the area," Insp. Norm Proctor told reporters at the scene Friday evening.

"It was completely reckless."

Proctor said at this point, there is no evidence that the victims shot back at any time during the incident.

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Jeremy Cohn/CBC

Proctor said police would like to speak with the multiple witnesses that were on scene that had left.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers.