Gunman on the loose after another shooting in Mississauga

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Published October 2, 2023 at 10:30 am

Mississauga murder in Malton October 29 2023
(File photo: Guns shown are not related to police investigation reported on in this story)

A gunman is on the loose and being hunted by police after another shooting rocked the Port Credit area of Mississauga over the weekend.

In the latest of several shootings and other deadly violence this year that have left area residents shaken, a 37-year-old man was shot while in the parking lot near a convenience store at Lakeshore Road and Helene Street with six friends at about 2 a.m. on Saturday morning.

According to Peel Regional Police, multiple gunshots rang out and the victim was struck. He remains in hospital with injuries not considered life threatening, police say.

Investigators have not said if they believe the victim was specifically targeted.

Police don’t have a full description of the shooter, saying only that he’s believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call police at 905-453-3311.

Area of Port Credit where the weekend shooting took place.

Just over two months ago and only a couple of blocks north of the scene of the early Saturday morning shooting, a young Mississauga woman was found dead inside her high-rise apartment on Helene Street just south of Port Credit GO station.

The body of Pitch Phaunpa, 21, was discovered on July 20 inside her seventh-floor Port Credit apartment by Peel police officers conducting a wellness check.

Indications to police were that the woman was likely killed two or three days earlier inside the building.

Investigators haven’t said how Phaunpa was killed.

On July 31, a Mississauga man was charged with second-degree murder in the slaying.

The murder shook some area residents who are still reeling from a string of violent incidents earlier this year in the south end of the city.

A number of residents said earlier that they’re unsettled by an uncharacteristic spike in gun violence and deaths in the Port Credit area so far in 2023.

Pitch Phaunpa (Photo: Canada Obituaries)

“So glad I sold my condo there (because) there is always something happening to people in that area, people getting shot and stabbed; it’s never ending,” one person wrote in response to a Facebook post in the wake of the late July murder.

While a number of residents expressed concern on social media, others suggested their fears are overblown and that Port Credit is still a safe and “beautiful” part of the city and that the number of violent incidents so far in 2023 is a departure from the norm.

The grisly discovery on July 20 came about a month after an unrelated “targeted” double shooting several blocks to the southeast left a 25-year-old Toronto man dead and his 19-year-old female companion wounded by gunfire.

Shahid Todd was pronounced dead at the Oakwood Avenue South/Wanita Road scene on the night of June 21. His body was reportedly found in very shallow water on the Lake Ontario shoreline.

A shooting three years ago in Mississauga covered by insauga.com involved a man of the same name as the murder victim in the June 21 shooting.

In July 2020, police charged a man by the name of Shahid Todd, 22 and of Mississauga at the time, with attempted murder and numerous other charges after another man was shot in a parking lot at Mavis and Britannia roads in Mississauga.

The victim in that shooting survived.

Police haven’t said if the two shootings are related.

In addition to the latest violence in the Port Credit area, yet another double shooting claimed the life of one man outside the Canvas Art Bar, on Lakeshore Road East, back in March.

 

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