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Brampton boy critically injured in shooting

Boy shot in Brampton

RICK MADONIK/TORONTO STAR A young boy was transported to hospital after being hit by gunfire on Ardglen Dr. in Brampton.

Jennifer Pagliaro and Dylan C. Robertson
Staff Reporters

A 9-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being shot in Brampton late Wednesday night.

Peel Regional Paramedic Services officials say the boy was rushed to the Hospital for Sick Children with life-threatening injuries on a police-escorted emergency run. Initial reports suggest the boy was shot in the head, but Peel Regional Police were not able to confirm the extent of his injuries early Thursday.

The shooting took place at 51 Ardglen Dr., a townhouse near Kennedy Rd. S. and Clarence St. around 10:30 p.m., according to Peel Regional Police spokesman Const. Thomas Ruttan.

“It is an active investigation,” Ruttan said, as officers on the scene tried to piece together the sequence of events that led to the tragedy. “All I can say is a young male had gunshots to his body.”

“I don’t know what his condition is at this point,” Ruttan said of the boy. “So at this point, a very devastating time for a family.”

Police have set up a command post in the middle of the road near the end of a row of townhomes.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau was continuing a search into the early hours of Thursday morning with uniformed officers who could be seen shining flashlights amongst the townhomes beyond police tape that cordoned off the entire road.

Earlier, police swarmed the area with tactical teams and a canine unit who swept the area.

“At this point we’re just trying to determine what’s taken place and who’s responsible,” Ruttan said.

When officers arrived at Ardglen Dr., a taxi in the area was seized and those inside taken into custody for questioning, Ruttan said. It’s not known what involvement, if any, those individuals may have had with the shooting, he added.

Where the road meets Clarence St. at the east end are two plazas containing convenience stores, a bakery, a Caribbean takeout and salons.

At the west end sits Sir Winston Churchill Public School.

The owner of a convenience store at Clarence and Ardglen told the Star he was robbed at knifepoint in the middle of the afternoon just two months ago.

“Everyday police, maybe more than 10 times,” the rattled shop owner said of the area. “Very bad neighbourhood.”

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