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Gunshots force Central Tech into lockdown

Posted by Derek Flack / September 30, 2010

Central Tech lockdownAt around 1 p.m. today reports of gunshots brought police to Central Technical school at Harbord and Bathurst streets. Although it was quickly determined that no one had been hit with gunfire, officers did recover a shell casing shortly into their investigation. In an effort to protect students, the school was put on lockdown while police proceeded with their search for the perpetrators.

Central Tech LockdownThe lockdown remains in effect (as of 4:10 p.m.) while police continue to investigate areas of interest brought to their attention by video surveillance. I was in the area around the time that the news broke, so I remained on the scene in the hopes of gleaning further information. At around 3:30 Officer Tony Vella and Councillor Adam Vaughan both spoke to media, the highlights of which I've included below:

  • Two suspects under the age of 18 have been taken into custody at 14 Division.
  • A third suspect remains at large.
  • He's described as "5' 7", non-white, wearing a black t-shirt with red trim and black pants with white shorts over top."
  • According to Vaughan, the "police believe they know who they are looking for."
  • As was reported earlier, there are no injuries to students.
  • The firearm in question has yet to be recovered.

I'll update this post when further information becomes available. For more information follow @TorontoPolice on Twitter.

Update (4:50 p.m.):

And the students have finally been released, after what must have been a harrowing afternoon. The third suspect remains at large.

Update (9:30 p.m.)

Police apprehended the third suspect earlier tonight. No word has been released on whether or not charges have been laid at this time.

Update (October 1, 7:45 a.m.):

CityNews reports that "Officers took three suspects into custody. One has since been released and the other two are facing charges that aren't related to the shooting." Police are looking for at least one more suspect in connection with yesterday's gunshots.

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Alex / September 30, 2010 at 04:50 pm
Are we really so PC that we are describing people as non-white? The Police believe they know who they are looking for...so wouldn't they know know if he's black, brown or Asian?

marlon / September 30, 2010 at 05:01 pm
it sounds like attempt to be not racist, but really? are there two types of people now? whites and non whites? that is so weird. If they know who they are looking for then they could certainly give a little more detail than non white.
RG / September 30, 2010 at 05:24 pm
"In an effort to protect students, the school was put on lockdown"

Yeah right. More training for the kiddies to be docile in the face of the police state.
Derek / September 30, 2010 at 05:37 pm
I've deleted prejudicial comments from this thread. Please spare us all the racism.
Nick / September 30, 2010 at 05:53 pm
Please spare us all the political correctness. Sweeping the problems under the rug does not help them and just reinforces the stereotypes. You know what I'm talking about which only means your sub conscious is telling you its true.
Mark / September 30, 2010 at 06:08 pm
I'm sure this shooting was done with a legal and fully registered gun and the owner will be caught and prosecuted immediately right? That's why we've spent billions of dollars on a gun registry right? It's to get people who would shoot up schools and not harrass hunters and farmers isn't it? Or am I mistaken?
marlon replying to a comment from Mark / September 30, 2010 at 06:44 pm
No mark you are wrong, we spend that money strictly so we can harass hunters and farmers. Cry me a river. then register it whiner.
handfed / September 30, 2010 at 06:53 pm
Is "black" a bad word now?
S / September 30, 2010 at 07:26 pm
The term 'political correctness' is a disease.

The term 'non-white' is no of help to us to assist the authorities. On the other hand, if it was non-asian, would it mean the suspect was white, south asian or black? Some help, eh?
Greg / September 30, 2010 at 07:40 pm
I've been in a lockdown and its funny how they work. Office first, then classes. "If we get shot we can't protect you. If you get shot, we can still protect ourselves", what the office staff might be thinking.
blah / September 30, 2010 at 07:50 pm
Hire real news writers, please. Some of the jargon used in this piece is just painfully sensational.
blah blah replying to a comment from blah / September 30, 2010 at 07:58 pm
I don't think you know what that word means...nor can I find examples of sensationalism here. If anything, it's boring.
Dennis Marciniak / September 30, 2010 at 08:15 pm
My mother used to teach here.
bullring / September 30, 2010 at 08:49 pm
Mrs. Marciniak was a bitch.
Marlon replying to a comment from bullring / September 30, 2010 at 09:39 pm
Bullring, you made my day
Marc / September 30, 2010 at 09:47 pm
The gov't wanted and pushed multiculturalism, well they have to do with what comes with it. That is to describe the ethnic background of the person, in serious cases such as crimes. Multiculturalism isn't some dreamy tolerance thing or a sunshine and rainbows thing, multiculturalism simply points out and highlights ethnicity. So they must practise "multiculturalism" in cases such as crime and where identification is so important and crucial. There's no excuse to be PC, weak and stupid.
Old fart / September 30, 2010 at 10:10 pm
These incidents are happening at an increasing pace. 20 years ago when I was in high school, kids solved their differences with one on one fist fights. Even that was rare as no one wanted to get hauled down to the office (for the record, I went to a very much ethnically and economically mixed school).

Who do I blame for this? I blame the Young Offenders act and it's defenders. Kids are no longer held accountable for their actions, and yes, they DO know the difference between right and wrong. It's about time this act was scrapped and accountability with REAL repercussions was brought back.

Marty / September 30, 2010 at 11:08 pm
That's my high school! Oh, the memories...
Ryan / October 1, 2010 at 12:54 am
Can we get a majority conservative government in this country so that we can save it?...
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