Mayor: Toronto still ‘one of the safest cities’ in the world

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Published on July 3, 2018 - Duration: 01:37s

Mayor: Toronto still ‘one of the safest cities’ in the world

After a string of shootings in Toronto, Mayor John Tory says efforts are being made to get “gangsters” off the street.

Tory says the city is still “generally safe.”

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Mayor: Toronto still ‘one of the safest cities’ in the world

CAPTION: After a string of shootings in Toronto, Mayor John Tory says efforts are being made to get “gangsters” off the street.

Tory says the city is still “generally safe.” (July 3, 2018) 1.

SOUNDBITE: John Tory, Toronto mayor PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Toronto Mayor John Tory says there is ``no easy answer'' or magic wand to reduce gun violence in the country's largest city, which has claimed 22 lives so far in 2018.

Tory, who was filling in as the morning show host on radio station CFRB, told listeners that shootings in Toronto involve ``a very complicated network of gangs in the city.'' Eleven people have been shot in the city since Friday, with the latest occurring early Tuesday when a man was shot in an apparent drive-by shooting near the downtown core.

The victim suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Two people from the city's rap scene were killed in a brazen daylight shooting on Queen Street on Saturday in the entertainment district _ Jahvante Smart, 21, also known as Smoke Dawg, and Ernest Modekwe, 28, both of Toronto.

A woman who was also shot is expected to recover.

Another four people were injured by gunshots late Sunday in the city's Kensington Market area.

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