Residents voice concerns following fatal shooting on Falstaff Avenue


The residents of 30 Falstaff Avenue are fed up with the violence.

They packed the Falstaff Community Centre Tuesday night to hear local councillors, police and Toronto Community Housing.

The building was the site of a shooting last week that killed 16-year-old Hanad Bdullahi. The boy's mother was at the meeting and told CTV News she actually heard the deadly shots.

Others in the building say they live in fear.

Samantha Harrison tells CTV she also heard the deadly shots. "You don't want to investigate. Doesn't matter what kind of noise it is. You don't want to go out and investigate, because you don't know what’s on the other side of your door."

Toronto Community Housing has promised to make changes add additional safety measures including upgraded lighting and cameras that will capture licence plates coming and going from the property.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders also attended the meeting.

The Chief was quick to point out the cameras are not from Toronto Police and that residents there have expressed their concerns in the past about big brother watching them. 

But the Chief remains hopeful the added technology can still be part of a solution.

"Technology does play as a positive factor in us getting evidence to solve crimes, especially the gun violence that occurs. A lot of people are afraid to testify, but cameras don't lie and they speak the truth and they've given us a tremendous amount of evidence that we've learned in recent history."

Saunders added he is well aware of the troubles this particular complex has dealt with, as a past Police Commander for the neighbourhood.

But Saunders maintains a strong partnership with the community is a big first step.
"We're always looking for more ways, more opportunities but most importantly, more involvement from members of the community to help us not in times that are imminent danger, but when things are not."