Shooting at toddler’s birthday party the latest in a series of incidents where children have become victims of gun violence

A toddler’s birthday party came to a tragic halt Saturday evening as gunshots rang out in the Etobicoke neighbourhood, sending three children and a young man to hospital.This incident, which left a five-year-old in life-threatening condition, is the latest in a series of shootings over the years in which children have become the victims of gun violence.After a 12-year-old boy was shot and killed in an apparent gang-related shooting in North York late last year, the community vowed that ‘he has to be the last child that dies for no reason.’However, shootings in the city continue, with 154 recorded as of mid-June, according to Toronto police, and with each year leaving an increasing trail of juvenile victims and their families behind. In June 2018, a Scarborough neighbourhood was left traumatized after two sisters, aged five and nine, were shot at a playground.The younger child was shot in the abdomen and the older girl was hit in the ankle. Both underwent surgery and survived the ordeal but the trauma follows them to this day. The mother of the two girls, Stacey King, wants a better government response to these shootings. “It’s just getting out of hand, like kids are getting in the crossfire, and it’s not stopping and the government is not doing what its supposed do to put a stop to it,” King told the Star in an interview Sunday. “They’re scarred for life. I’m scarred for life. It’s almost three years to this day now and the trauma is still there,” she added. “The government is all talk, and the justice system is very messed up.” “I don’t feel that anything has changed since what happened with my daughters. I can’t even send them to the playground, in our own community? I mean, come on.”Wendy Cukier is the vice-president of research and innovation at Ryerson University’s school of management. She is also the president of the country’s gun control lobby. She launched the Coalition for Gun Control in the weeks following the Montreal Massacre in 1989. “There are no simple solutions to a complex problem. For 30 years we’ve been working on this issue, and ... reducing the availability of guns has been shown to have an impact,” Cukier said.“The issue with shooting is not getting better and I think it signals that we need an integrated strategy and one piece of it is gun control, but also it’s about addressing the root causes and making sure the justice system will work.”One of those causes is the systemic inequity between neighbourhoods that unequally affects people who often also belong to racial and ethnic minorities, said Louise March, founder of the Zero Gun Violence Movement, an advocacy collective working towards ending gun violence in the GTA.March founded the movement in 2013, just after the Danzig Avenue shooting in Scarborough that left 23 wounded and two dead, including 14-year-old Shyanne Charles.“In terms of inequity, Toronto has become a city of cities; there’s a difference between living in Rosedale and Rexdale,” March told the Star.“Shootings cause trauma and grief. If we don’t deal with that trauma, it manifests itself as violence within the same community,” he added.March’s movement is advocating for resources and support to be parachuted in these communities so children, youth and families can feel safe.“When there is a shooting at a school, public health sends in a team to make sure the people affected by the violence don’t internalize it, but when there’s a shooting in a neighbourhood, is a similar trauma team sent for the young residents?” he said.“This is why it must be seen as a public health issue, to break the cycle of violence.”Akrit Michael is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach him via email: amichael@thestar.caRhythm Sachdeva is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: rsachdeva@thestar.ca

Shooting at toddler’s birthday party the latest in a series of incidents where children have become victims of gun violence

A toddler’s birthday party came to a tragic halt Saturday evening as gunshots rang out in the Etobicoke neighbourhood, sending three children and a young man to hospital.

This incident, which left a five-year-old in life-threatening condition, is the latest in a series of shootings over the years in which children have become the victims of gun violence.

After a 12-year-old boy was shot and killed in an apparent gang-related shooting in North York late last year, the community vowed that ‘he has to be the last child that dies for no reason.’

However, shootings in the city continue, with 154 recorded as of mid-June, according to Toronto police, and with each year leaving an increasing trail of juvenile victims and their families behind.

In June 2018, a Scarborough neighbourhood was left traumatized after two sisters, aged five and nine, were shot at a playground.

The younger child was shot in the abdomen and the older girl was hit in the ankle. Both underwent surgery and survived the ordeal but the trauma follows them to this day.

The mother of the two girls, Stacey King, wants a better government response to these shootings.

“It’s just getting out of hand, like kids are getting in the crossfire, and it’s not stopping and the government is not doing what its supposed do to put a stop to it,” King told the Star in an interview Sunday.

“They’re scarred for life. I’m scarred for life. It’s almost three years to this day now and the trauma is still there,” she added. “The government is all talk, and the justice system is very messed up.”

“I don’t feel that anything has changed since what happened with my daughters. I can’t even send them to the playground, in our own community? I mean, come on.”

Wendy Cukier is the vice-president of research and innovation at Ryerson University’s school of management. She is also the president of the country’s gun control lobby. She launched the Coalition for Gun Control in the weeks following the Montreal Massacre in 1989.

“There are no simple solutions to a complex problem. For 30 years we’ve been working on this issue, and ... reducing the availability of guns has been shown to have an impact,” Cukier said.

“The issue with shooting is not getting better and I think it signals that we need an integrated strategy and one piece of it is gun control, but also it’s about addressing the root causes and making sure the justice system will work.”

One of those causes is the systemic inequity between neighbourhoods that unequally affects people who often also belong to racial and ethnic minorities, said Louise March, founder of the Zero Gun Violence Movement, an advocacy collective working towards ending gun violence in the GTA.

March founded the movement in 2013, just after the Danzig Avenue shooting in Scarborough that left 23 wounded and two dead, including 14-year-old Shyanne Charles.

“In terms of inequity, Toronto has become a city of cities; there’s a difference between living in Rosedale and Rexdale,” March told the Star.

“Shootings cause trauma and grief. If we don’t deal with that trauma, it manifests itself as violence within the same community,” he added.

March’s movement is advocating for resources and support to be parachuted in these communities so children, youth and families can feel safe.

“When there is a shooting at a school, public health sends in a team to make sure the people affected by the violence don’t internalize it, but when there’s a shooting in a neighbourhood, is a similar trauma team sent for the young residents?” he said.

“This is why it must be seen as a public health issue, to break the cycle of violence.”

Akrit Michael is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach him via email: amichael@thestar.ca

Rhythm Sachdeva is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: rsachdeva@thestar.ca

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Jon Rahm wins the U.S. Open with two late birdies, and a little karma

After Jon Rahm’s U.S. Open victory was sealed his wife, Kelley, passed him their newborn, Kepa. Rahm pulled the hood of the onesie off the face of his 10-week-old son.“You have no idea what this means right now,” Rahm told Kepa, “but you will soon enough.”Rahm shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday — tied for the low round of the tournament — to finish at 6-under. He topped Louis Oosthuizen, a runner-up in a major for the sixth time, by one shot.This was Rahm’s first major victory, and the first U.S. Open win by any golfer from Spain. The 26-year-old, who will ascend to No. 1 in the world for the second time in his young career Monday, rolled in tough birdie putts on the final two holes to separate himself from the field. Both putts, left-to-right sliders, were celebrated emphatically with right-handed fist pumps and screams of excitement.There were always going to be comparisons to Tiger Woods in 2008, the last time the major was played at Torrey Pines, near San Diego. So, of course, in a hit of cosmic alignment, the guy with the most Tiger-like emotion, and even a tinge of red in his Sunday shirt, was the one who walked away with the trophy.Rahm said the stars aligned for him.“I’m a big believer in karma, and after what happened a couple weeks ago, I stayed really positive knowing good things were coming,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was going to be, but I knew we were coming to a special place, I knew I got breakthrough win here and it’s a very special place for my family.”The major triumph came just two weeks after Rahm was forced to withdraw after 54 holes as the leader at the Memorial Tournament. He tested positive for COVID-19 and had to enter the PGA Tour’s protocols. That meant isolating and missing the moment when his parents met his son for the first time.But Rahm channelled only good energy into this week as he made his return to the Tour and said it actually loosened him up. A “built-in excuse,” he said, in case he played poorly.“This is the power of positive thinking. I was never resentful for one second for what happened. And I don’t blame anybody,” Rahm said. “I know what happened a couple of weeks ago. Some people might say it wasn’t fair, but it was what had to be done. We still have to be aware of what’s going on in this world.”One of the first golfers who joined Rahm in celebration was Phil Mickelson. Rahm said he took a lot of inspiration from seeing Mickelson win the PGA Championship. They celebrated together — Mickelson’s brother, Tim, was Rahm’s coach at Arizona State University — that Sunday, and this time it was Mickelson who returned the favour.“Jon doesn’t have any weaknesses,” Mickelson said in 2017 after Rahm won the Farmers Insurance Open, also contested at Torrey Pines. “I think there’s an intangible that some guys have where they want to have the pressure pot, they want to be in that tough position, they want to have everything fall on their shoulders, and he has that. He wants to be in that situation.”The situation Sunday was classic U.S. Open. Turbulence took over for about an hour as the final group of the day, which included Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, made the turn. There were 10 golfers within two shots of the lead at one point, before the chaos.Hughes’ tee shot on the par-3 11th landed in a tree, “I’ve played golf my entire life, I’ve never had a ball stuck in a tree,” he said. Bryson DeChambeau, looking to defend his 2020 U.S. Open title, led after nine holes but shot 44 on the back nine, his worst score as a professional. Rory McIlroy, a four-time major winner, hit a shank. Rahm wanted to stay away from looking at the leaderboard, but with the crowd letting him know exactly where he stood, he decided to embrace the situation.Oosthuizen managed to navigate the carnage and was the last man standing with a chance to tie Rahm with two holes left. But he knocked his tee shot on the penultimate hole into the penalty area and his tee shot on the 72nd hole into the rough, forcing him to punch out. His approach from 69 yards stayed out, and that was that.Hughes was the first Canadian in the final group at a major since Mike Weir at the 2003 Masters and was paired with Oosthuizen. For all the excitement Hughes had entering Sunday, he’ll leave Torrey Pines with a bit of a sour taste in his mouth.He was 3-over through six holes and never recovered. He shot a 6-over 77 and finished tied for 15th.“Not my day,” said Hughes, “but I’ll learn a lot from it and hopefully be back soon.”Adam Hadwin, the only other Canadian to make the cut this week, shot 2-over-par 73 on Sunday and ended up tied for 40th.Adam Stanley is an Ottawa-based contributor to the Star’s Sports section and the host of golf podcast Next Round’s On Me. Follow him on Twitter: @adam_stanley

Jon Rahm wins the U.S. Open with two late birdies, and a little karma

After Jon Rahm’s U.S. Open victory was sealed his wife, Kelley, passed him their newborn, Kepa. Rahm pulled the hood of the onesie off the face of his 10-week-old son.

“You have no idea what this means right now,” Rahm told Kepa, “but you will soon enough.”

Rahm shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday — tied for the low round of the tournament — to finish at 6-under. He topped Louis Oosthuizen, a runner-up in a major for the sixth time, by one shot.

This was Rahm’s first major victory, and the first U.S. Open win by any golfer from Spain.

The 26-year-old, who will ascend to No. 1 in the world for the second time in his young career Monday, rolled in tough birdie putts on the final two holes to separate himself from the field. Both putts, left-to-right sliders, were celebrated emphatically with right-handed fist pumps and screams of excitement.

There were always going to be comparisons to Tiger Woods in 2008, the last time the major was played at Torrey Pines, near San Diego. So, of course, in a hit of cosmic alignment, the guy with the most Tiger-like emotion, and even a tinge of red in his Sunday shirt, was the one who walked away with the trophy.

Rahm said the stars aligned for him.

“I’m a big believer in karma, and after what happened a couple weeks ago, I stayed really positive knowing good things were coming,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was going to be, but I knew we were coming to a special place, I knew I got breakthrough win here and it’s a very special place for my family.”

The major triumph came just two weeks after Rahm was forced to withdraw after 54 holes as the leader at the Memorial Tournament. He tested positive for COVID-19 and had to enter the PGA Tour’s protocols. That meant isolating and missing the moment when his parents met his son for the first time.

But Rahm channelled only good energy into this week as he made his return to the Tour and said it actually loosened him up. A “built-in excuse,” he said, in case he played poorly.

“This is the power of positive thinking. I was never resentful for one second for what happened. And I don’t blame anybody,” Rahm said. “I know what happened a couple of weeks ago. Some people might say it wasn’t fair, but it was what had to be done. We still have to be aware of what’s going on in this world.”

One of the first golfers who joined Rahm in celebration was Phil Mickelson. Rahm said he took a lot of inspiration from seeing Mickelson win the PGA Championship. They celebrated together — Mickelson’s brother, Tim, was Rahm’s coach at Arizona State University — that Sunday, and this time it was Mickelson who returned the favour.

“Jon doesn’t have any weaknesses,” Mickelson said in 2017 after Rahm won the Farmers Insurance Open, also contested at Torrey Pines. “I think there’s an intangible that some guys have where they want to have the pressure pot, they want to be in that tough position, they want to have everything fall on their shoulders, and he has that. He wants to be in that situation.”

The situation Sunday was classic U.S. Open. Turbulence took over for about an hour as the final group of the day, which included Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, made the turn.

There were 10 golfers within two shots of the lead at one point, before the chaos.

Hughes’ tee shot on the par-3 11th landed in a tree, “I’ve played golf my entire life, I’ve never had a ball stuck in a tree,” he said. Bryson DeChambeau, looking to defend his 2020 U.S. Open title, led after nine holes but shot 44 on the back nine, his worst score as a professional. Rory McIlroy, a four-time major winner, hit a shank.

Rahm wanted to stay away from looking at the leaderboard, but with the crowd letting him know exactly where he stood, he decided to embrace the situation.

Oosthuizen managed to navigate the carnage and was the last man standing with a chance to tie Rahm with two holes left. But he knocked his tee shot on the penultimate hole into the penalty area and his tee shot on the 72nd hole into the rough, forcing him to punch out. His approach from 69 yards stayed out, and that was that.

Hughes was the first Canadian in the final group at a major since Mike Weir at the 2003 Masters and was paired with Oosthuizen. For all the excitement Hughes had entering Sunday, he’ll leave Torrey Pines with a bit of a sour taste in his mouth.

He was 3-over through six holes and never recovered. He shot a 6-over 77 and finished tied for 15th.

“Not my day,” said Hughes, “but I’ll learn a lot from it and hopefully be back soon.”

Adam Hadwin, the only other Canadian to make the cut this week, shot 2-over-par 73 on Sunday and ended up tied for 40th.

Adam Stanley is an Ottawa-based contributor to the Star’s Sports section and the host of golf podcast Next Round’s On Me. Follow him on Twitter: @adam_stanley

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