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Tow truck driver shot in Aurora, the latest violence affecting the GTA towing industry

Police say the male driver of a tow truck sustained minor injuries in a shooting in Markham Saturday.Police are investigating after a tow-truck driver was shot on Highway 404 in Markham early Saturday morning, the latest violence involving the towing industry in the GTA.

York Regional Police received a call for a shooting at around 1:45 a.m. in the area of Steeles Avenue, near the westbound ramp to Highway 404 northbound. The Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division’s Aurora Detachment is actively investigating the incident.

Police say the occupants of a vehicle approached and fired at a stationary tow truck, the male driver of the truck sustained minor injuries and a female passenger was not injured.

“What’s happened is very alarming and disturbing,” Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said.

“We are still looking at connections to other events and that’s why we’re also looking for witnesses and appealing for anyone to come forward.”

The shooting a surge of criminal activity affecting the GTA’s towing industry, namely a wave of arson and the murder of a GTA driver that remains unsolved.

Three tow trucks were set on fire Dec. 17, and at least three bullets were fired at tow truck drivers in York Region at Highway 404 and Major Mackenzie Drive East, none of the bullets hitting the drivers.

On Jan. 9, Durham Regional Police said an eight-week investigation of tow truck companies in the GTA resulted in more than 250 charges and the recovery of 31 vehicles.

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