Gunfire brought a neighbourhood barbecue to an abrupt end and sent parents and children running for cover at a Toronto park that residents are petitioning to rename for young high school victim Jordan Manners.

About six shots rang out in the playground of Shoreham Park, near Jane and Steeles Avenue East, just as the table was being set up for a gathering of 50 people yesterday afternoon.

“I heard the ‘bang, bang, bang’ and people scattered, grabbing their kids — they just ran,” said Tommy Hodge, who’s lived 40 years in the townhouse complex that surrounds the park.


“We had just set up the barbecue. It was for the kids in the neighbourhood, the last one before they go back to school. One of the kids could have got shot,” said Hodge, a retired school bus driver. He said organizers will try again to hold the cookout, this time in a less open area.

Police found shell casings near the playground and windows on both sides of a van parked nearby had been blasted by bullets.