A man in his 20s was critically injured on Tuesday after he was shot while driving in Scarborough by a person in another vehicle, Toronto police say.
The shooting happened in the area of Markham and Ellesmere roads at about 4:50 p.m.
Insp. Jeff Bangild, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, told reporters that two vehicles were headed northbound on Dolly Varden Boulevard when one person fired from one vehicle into the other vehicle.
The driver was wounded and his vehicle hit a tree, Bangild said, while a passenger escaped without injury and called 911. Other witnesses also called 911, he said.
The driver, who suffered a gunshot wound, was taken to a nearby trauma centre in an emergency run, police said. He was listed in critical condition in hospital on Tuesday evening.
Bangild said police believe the suspect vehicle was a light-coloured SUV. It was last seen headed north, he said. Police do not know how many people were in the suspect vehicle or what kind of weapon was used in the shooting.
Police taped off a large area, including part of a park, as they investigated the shooting. (CBC)
Bangild said the shooting happened in a residential area and it was a busy time of day. Police taped off a large area, including part of a park, because officers were concerned that the weapon may have been discarded after the shooting.
Officers were canvassing the area for evidence, including cartridge casings, ammunition and the weapon, and are encouraging any witnesses or people with cellphone video or dashboard camera video to come forward.
"Obviously, a shooting in this area, or anywhere in the city, is very alarming for us and very concerning for the amount of violence that is occurring," Bangild said.
"Therefore we encourage people that have any information to please call us."
Bangild said police have not determined what led to the shooting or the motive behind it.
Dolly Varden Boulevard was closed temporarily between Ellesmere Road and Brimorton Drive.