TTC operator shot with BB gun in Scarborough

TTC operators stand by a bus near the intersection of Markham Road and Progress Avenue on Sunday, the day after an operator was shot with a BB gun while waiting to start his shift.  (Spencer Gallichan-Lowe/CBC - image credit)
TTC operators stand by a bus near the intersection of Markham Road and Progress Avenue on Sunday, the day after an operator was shot with a BB gun while waiting to start his shift. (Spencer Gallichan-Lowe/CBC - image credit)

Toronto police are investigating after a TTC operator was shot with a BB gun while waiting to begin his shift Saturday evening.

The transit employee was standing outside near the intersection of Markham Road and Progress Avenue in Scarborough shortly before 6:30 p.m. when a black sedan drove by and the employee was shot with a BB gun.

Police say the suspects are described as white men, possibly teenagers.

The operator suffered no physical injuries and the incident is under investigation, police say.

In a series of tweets, Mayor John Tory decried "this act of violence against an innocent transit worker."

Tory stressed its imperative transit operators feel safe all the time given their role in keeping the city running.

"I believe anyone threatening or inflicting violence on transit workers should face the most serious of consequences for their actions from our justice system," Tory said.

The BB gun incident is the latest amid a slew of violent incidents in recent months, which have included stabbings, assaults, and harassment.

"The ongoing violence toward our members and passengers cannot be tolerated," said a spokesperson for ATU Local 113 via email. "ATU Local 113 continues to call on the TTC and the City of Toronto to keep public transit safe."