The gunplay that has been plaguing Toronto all year has left yet another victim in hospital – but this one is the youngest yet and it happened in a place where she should have been safe: her own home.

A five-year-old girl was shot Thursday night, after bullets being fired outside her Scarlett Rd. apartment near Lawrence and Weston Rd. broke a window and struck her in the back. 

Her frantic mother called 911 but decided she couldn’t wait for an ambulance and transported her daughter to Humber River Regional Hospital. The victim has since been transferred to the Hospital for Sick Children. There’s no word on her condition.

One suspect was taken into custody when arriving cops saw a man run from the scene towards the Humber River. They found the suspect hiding in some brush and hauled him out. But police have yet to find a weapon.

It’s not clear what sparked this latest exchange of gunfire or who the bullets were intended for. The incident occurred in roughly the same area that has been the scene of so much recent tragedy.

There have been at least nine murders and several incidents of gunplay in the west end since the beginning of 2009. See the list here.

Many in the neighbourhood are blaming ongoing gang wars for the violence and pleading for police to put an end to the bloodshed.

The child becomes of the youngest victims of gunfire in recent memory. But sadly she’s not the only one.

On the night of August 3, 2005, five-year-old Shaquan Cadougan was sitting with his family cooling out from a scorching hot day when gunfire erupted outside his Driftwood Ave. home.

The little boy was struck in the leg and forced to endure a long and painful recovery that included multiple operations, time in a wheelchair and the need to relearn how to walk. He was the youngest victim of the Year of the Gun.

In June 1999, three-year-old Breanna Davy was killed when a bullet meant for her father struck her in the head. Her dad remains paralyzed while the child’s killer, Craig Patrick, was found guilty of the crime and sent to prison for life with no chance of parole for at least 25 years.

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