When you live in a country where owning a firearm is NOT a right given to you…scenarios like this occur.
An 18-year-old named Gabril Nikov was shot and killed just below my apartment window in Toronto two nights ago.
A witness who spoke to the Toronto Sun said he saw four men in an altercation just outside a Starbucks. They began fist fighting, and when the victim turned to enter the coffee shop, one of the men pulled out a gun and shot him five times in the back. Another witness who spoke to CTV News Toronto said that, before firing, the gunman said, “You owe us money. This is what happens when you mess with people.”
Police are still looking for the three suspects, who can be seen fleeing the scene in surveillance footage from a restaurant across the street.
I heard five shots ring out just before 8:00pm on Wednesday night. I didn’t think much of it, as gunshots aren’t common in this part of the city, and strange noises are a regrettable feature of daily life. But if I had bothered to get up and look down at the intersection—one of Toronto’s busiest—I might have been able to see the pedestrians running for cover or the gunmen fleeing the scene.
The reaction from Torontonians was predictable.