WARMINGTON: Peel’s 18th murder in 2022 keeps region on pace to break record

Murder scenes are always unsettling, but this one was insane when family members of the victim began to arrive.

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This was the 18th murder in the Peel region in 2022.

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Don’t look now, but 18 murders that didn’t even happen in the middle of the calendar year, four more than Peel had in 2021. The count links 18 murders in 2020.

If this continues, Peel intends to set a record for the number of murders in 2022. The current record of 31 murders was set in 2019.

If you look at these numbers, you will see that before the pandemic, the region had a high level, the number of murders dropped significantly in two years of quarantine, and now it is rising again.

Peel is on the verge of 36 kills. If the current tally isn’t alarming enough, consider the following numbers: Wednesday night’s shooting in Mississauga was the fifth murder in Peel in a week and the 12th murder this year.

Like Toronto, Peel is in a shooting crisis. Things are out of control.

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These shootouts and murders can happen anywhere. Like Wednesday, when sleepy Mississauga was the scene of a murder. In fact, the area of ​​Glen Erin Dr., south of Britannia Road, was awakened from its sleep around 10 p.m. by the sound of gunshots.

Some said they thought it was fireworks at first, but then remembered that it was too early to celebrate Canada Day. Then reality hit. As are the bullets.

Several witnesses said they heard at least half a dozen. Peel Regional Police and paramedics responded immediately, but it was too late to save the victim or catch the killer or killers.

“When they arrived at the scene, they found a man who had been the victim of a firearm,” Const said. Heather Cannon. “He died from his injuries.”

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It happened on the lawn between the fences of townhouses, which are literally a stone’s throw from families. Needless to say, with dozens of ambulances at the scene, the usual dream on a warm summer night turned into a nightmare.

Murder scenes are always unsettling, but this one was insane when family members of the victim began to arrive.

“My brother was shot dead,” said a woman who arrived at the scene an hour after it happened. “He is OK?”

The police had to break the terrible news, and they did so with sympathy and concern. Sensitivity displayed by Cannon, Insp. Derek Meeker and the other officers on the scene were both impressive and needed because it’s always hard when a family arrives where a loved one has been killed.

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This happens all too often in Peel.

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Moments after the upgrade, family members were comforting each other with hugs and tears. It’s hard to watch, but it’s important that the public sees it, because when we talk about homicide numbers, the police always remind you that there are people behind those numbers.

victims and loved ones.

Now the question is, who is behind this latest murder? Peel’s police attention shifted from the shocking scene to the search for the killer or killers.

“We think it’s purposeful,” Insp said. Todd Leach, Peel’s senior homicide officer now assigned to the case. “The suspect fled the scene soon after.”

Of course, his team has been tense lately. Peel’s four other murders last week took place on June 17, when a woman was killed in a home in Brampton, followed by a man in his 30s shot dead on Mavis Road on June 18. and Eglinton Avenue, as well as a double shooting of two men on Gateway Boulevard. and Queen Street in Brampton.

As summer approaches, if this trend continues, the police could have more work to do.

jwarmington@postmedia.com

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