Toronto Tow Attacks: Wednesday shooting may give police key video evidence

Toronto, Ontario — March 5, 2020 — Toronto Police believe there is video evidence of a targetted attack on a tow truck driver that occured on Wednesday.

The driver, who was taken to hospital and is now in stable condition, was shot in North York around 7:30 in the evening.

Police have asked any witnesses who were around Leslie Street, near the 401 and believe they might have seen something to come forward.

Police say the victim was likely driving his truck when he was shot, suggesting the attack was part of a recent rash of shootings and arson incidence. The crimes have been described as being a towing turf war.

Last month, a 30-year-old towing professional was shot as he parked a vehicle in the Promenade Mall’s parking lot. A second victim, 17, was hit by bullets while standing in the lot. It is unknown if the child was directly targetted or if the shots were directed at another person.

The shooter in that incident is described as having worn a mask and is thought to have been male.

Another very similar incident occurred on December 11, when a tow truck driver in a Richmond Hill parking lot had his vehicle rammed by a white pickup truck before its driver took out a firearm and shot at the driver.

In the early hours of December 23, three tow trucks were set ablaze in Hamilton, with the crimes all reported to Hamilton Police in the same one-hour period.

Then, on December 23, the towing community woke up to news that five tow trucks had been torched in North York, and two more in Richmond Hill.

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