Emergency crews were called to the Tandridge Crescent and Byng Avenue area west of Albion Avenue in Etobicoke just before 8 p.m. Saturday following reports of gun shots. fire.
The victims, aged 23, 11, five and one, were taken to hospital under varying conditions.
One of the children is in critical condition while another and the adult are believed to be in serious condition.
“This is unacceptable,” said Toronto Police Superintendent Ron Taverner.
“It’s hard to believe. “
Toronto Police tweeted: “Officers have confirmed four gunshot victims – children shot and one adult male, injuries vary. “
Superintendent Tavernet said it was too early in the investigation to say whether it was a targeted shooting.
He told local media: “At this precise moment, it does not appear that the people who were shot were particularly targeted.
“It looks like they were right there and found each other… ended up being shot by the shooters. “
He continued: ” There must be a reason, however, why this specific part was targeted, but I cannot answer at this time as to the real motive for the shooting. “
Superintendent Taverner added that a vehicle had been seen driving away from the scene at high speed, but he has no information to give on the suspects wanted by the police at this time.
Police believe that one or two shooters were involved.
“At the moment, we are working on descriptions of suspects, and we cannot provide anything concrete at this time,” said Superintendent Taverner.
He urges anyone with information to contact the police.
“We have very good contacts with the neighbors in the area and people are talking to the police,” he said.