Toronto shooting rampage: Police raid homes in Toronto suburb

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Residents in this Brampton neighbourhood left flowers and candles at the scene

Residents of a British neighbourhood woke up to find police raiding their homes after a man died in a week-long shooting frenzy.

Officers took over the investigation after the victim, 32, died in hospital after being shot by the landlord of his property on Friday.

He was one of 13 people injured, some seriously, in shootings over the past week.

It happened in a suburban Toronto neighbourhood after a mother of four was killed and her brother shot in a separate incident on Wednesday.

People living in Brampton, about 30 miles (50km) east of Toronto, returned to find police in their neighbourhoods and inside homes, Reuters reported.

Residents also left flowers and candles outside the scene in Unity Drive.

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Another resident said he knew the man who was killed but said he did not think the incident was racially motivated.

“Some of the emotions and the anger in some of the groups and the responses on social media is having a negative impact on our community here,” Al Maghnieh, police chief of Peel Regional Police, told CP24.

He said he understood the frustration felt by residents, but urged everyone to remain calm.

“Our first priority has been and will continue to be to make sure that our people who feel they are safe in the neighbourhood are protected from further harm,” he said.

“And the flip side of that is that we believe that we also have to keep our communities aware of the dangers associated with gun violence. There are some very serious consequences from this kind of violence.”

Disturbing details emerge

This is a US-style crime wave with North American roots

Image copyright Sarah McGeeney Image caption Police say they have found guns and video games at the home of one of the shooting victims

On Sunday, police revealed that they had found four guns and gaming equipment at the rented home where the man was shot.

They had arrested two suspects, the landlord and the other tenant of the two-storey semi-detached home. The landlord is being charged with murder, police said.

Police said a woman who had already been treated for serious injuries had passed away in hospital on Saturday.

The man who died was the brother of 41-year-old Erica Gervais, who was found murdered at a home in the Giller Estate community on Wednesday.

The shooting began when her 16-year-old daughter telephoned her father at work at about 11:30am on Wednesday.

He told her to meet him at a nearby mosque for prayers, but after a brief conversation, they parted ways.

By the time he returned to the house, Erica was dead and her daughter had been badly injured.

And on Monday, the 36-year-old brother of another victim was seriously wounded when three masked men burst into a house in Mississauga and opened fire on the occupants.

That afternoon, two men were shot in the chest by a masked suspect in a car while walking on a street near the city of Ajax.

Before that, on Monday evening, a man named Thaddeus McKinley was shot dead in Brampton while driving a car on nearby Lauzon Road.

The Toronto Police Service urged people to call 911 if they had information on any of the incidents.

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