Police were called to the Woolner Avenue and Jane Street area Thursday night concerning a man who had collapsed. He became the 12th person to be listed on the homicide rolls for 2012 in Toronto.
Once at the scene police located a man with a gunshot wound to his chest in front of 251 Woolner Avenue. He had left where he was shot to collapse in front of a local convenience store. Two men were seen running from the scene westbound on Woolner.
The victim, Jaivoan Cromwell, 19, was rushed to hospital where he died from his injuries.
Cromwell was known to the police. He was arrested in Windsor in the fall for threatening and having a dangerous weapon. He was due in court next month and according to his own Twitter account expected to be back in jail.
There is evidence that another person was shot during the incident but a victim has not been found.
The Code of Silence is in full reign in a neighbourhood that has far too many in the share when it comes to murders in Toronto. That code is a deterrent when it comes to solving the murders of young men gunned down before their lives had a chance to take off. A
The area was recovering from multiple shootings and deaths. This week's murder was the first one in the area in over a year. Its known as a gang zone. A world where being a criminal is almost the norm for many of the youth believing they don't have a future to begin with.
There is only one way that this atmosphere can end, being forth a safe neighbourhood. When witnesses start to talk, through CrimeStoppers or to the police, the violence will stop. If criminals know that the Code of Silence has turned to the Code of Making a Difference they will leave.
If you witnessed the crime Thursday night please contact the police or CrimeStoppers.