It comes as no surprise to anyone who has been following the news in Brampton and Mississauga recently that the number of shootings is going up all the time.
Numbers are up in both cities by 11 per cent compared to 2017, according to Peel Regional Police statistics.
Between Jan. 1 and July 31, gunfire erupted in Brampton and Mississauga 50 times (22 victims), compared to 45 shootings (also 22 victims) in the same time frame in 2017.
Six people have died from gunshot wounds so far this year, with an additional 16 suffering injuries described anywhere from minor to critical.
Nine people were shot dead in 76 shootings in all of 2017.
Here are the numbers for the past 3 years:
• In 2017 – 76 shootings
• In 2016 – 54 shootings
• In 2015 – 43 shootings
Back in June, Peel Police Chief Jennifer Evans suggested that the spike in shootings were a result of the provincial ban on the controversial police practice of carding.
“I believe there are more people carrying knives and guns than ever before,” said Chief Jennifer Evans said at the time in an interview.
Evans told Peel Regional Council that since carding and street checks became outlawed last year, Peel has witnessed a rise in violent crimes. -CINEWS