A 31-year-old Toronto woman has died in what police are calling a drive-by shooting in Lawrence Heights.
Dickinson says there's nothing in Nyarko's past to suggest she could have been targeted by the shooter, nor is there anything to suggest the three other people in the auto might have been targets.
While parked, another vehicle drove by, and a person in the backseat of the other vehicle fired a shot, striking the woman in the chest.
"These people are trying to attack our way of life", he said.
"It would appear that this is a case of individuals coming from one neighbourhood of the city to another neighbourhood and shooting the first residents that they see", he said. "They need to know that we're going to do whatever we can to apprehend them and do whatever we can to apprehend them".
According to a Facebook user, Michael Appiah-Boateng who shared the news, Jenas was sitting in the back seat of a auto with three others in a vehicle at a spot on the Replin Road and Old Meadow Lane, near Allen Road and Lawrence Avenue West, when a Cadillac SUV pulled up and opened fire on them.
Dickinson said Nyarko moved to Canada from Ghana in 2001, lived alone, and worked at a shelter.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477). "So I've got a huge concern with that", said Saunders.
Yet, despite those numbers, Saunders says that Toronto is still "the safest urban city when you look at [the] numbers".
There have been 47 homicides in Toronto so far this year - four of them within a 24-hour period this weekend. David Dickinson told reporters during an update on Sunday afternoon.
"Any time anyone shoots a gun inside the city, it is a concern for me".
"[The perpetrators] are thugs".