A Grade 11 student was rushed to hospital with serious injuries following a shooting outside a North York high school on Thursday afternoon.
It happened in the south parking lot area outside Victoria Park Collegiate Institute at around 11 am
Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird told reporters that the school was placed into lockdown “almost immediately” after the shooting and that students and staff were confined to their classrooms for most of the day while police processed the scene.
“I think a shooting of this kind anywhere in the city is concerning enough. Then you put it in the middle of the day and in the parking lot of a school, I think it’s got to be concerning for a lot of students, parents and members of the community,” Bird said.
Bird said that there were “a number of shots” heard coming from the direction of the parking lot, though the exact circumstances leading up to the shooting remain unclear.
He said the school does have a number of surveillance cameras both inside and outside the property and that police will be reviewing the footage as part of their investigation.
“In the meantime, we’re making sure that we’re supporting students in any way we can,” he said. “We have social workers on the scene, speaking with students who require additional supports. Obviously something like this is very difficult for a number of students and we want to make sure that we’re supporting them.”
The male victim remains in hospital and is currently listed in non-life threatening condition.