SISTERS SHOT AT PLAYGROUND: Photo of vehicle of interest released

Toronto Police have released a vehicle they believe may be involved in the city’s latest shooting.

The “vehicle of interest” is described as a black, four-door 2007-2011 Nissan Versa sedan, police said Friday morning.

Two girls, believed to be just five and nine years old, are the latest victims of gun violence — shot as they played in a parkette at a Scarborough townhouse complex.

Toronto Police are looking for a vehicle of interest they believe is involved in the city’s latest shooting that wounded two girls in Scarborough. (Toronto Police/Supplied)

The gunfire erupted in the complex near McCowan Rd. and McNicoll Ave. just after 5 p.m. and two youngsters were rushed to Sick Kids hospital — one believed to have been shot in the chest, the other in the leg.

A third child was grazed in the neck but did not need to be hospitalized.

“This is a cowardly act…despicable,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters on the scene, adding officers were canvassing the neighbourhood and looking for surveillance video.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders rushed to a townhouse complex on Alton Towers Cirlce in Scarborough after gunfire injured two kids, believed to be five and nine years old, on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (John Hanley/Special to Toronto Sun)

“All, I know is I’ve got two young children who are shot — that’s disturbing,” the city’s top cop said. “We are going to everything and anything we can to restore safety in this neighbourhood.”

Few details were immediately available, but Toronto Paramedic Services Deputy Commander Steven Henderson confirmed the two victims whisked away to hospital are “under ten years old.”

“One of the patients has serious but non-life threatening injuries. And the second has serious and possibly life-threatening injuries,” he said.

CTV reports the victims are sisters, five and nine years old.

Toronto Police responded to a townhouse complex on Alton Towers Cirlce in Scarborough after gunfire injured two kids, believed to be five and nine years old, on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (John Hanley/Special to Toronto Sun)

The youngest victim was reportedly critically injured and underwent emergency surgery, but by late Thursday night both girls were listed in stable condition.

One shaken eyewitness, who was in one of the townhouses at the time, told CTV the shooting happened at a playground.

Some area residents heard eight or nine gunshots ring out but initially thought it was fireworks.

“I was upstairs in the bedroom, I heard shots, I looked up, I see a car drive away, I came out, three little ones were hit,” an unidentified man told CTV.

“I just seen one occupant, that was it. (The car) had tinted windows. It’s senseless,” he said. “My kids would have been out there too at the same time.”

Numerous shell casing could be seen scattered on the ground (next to police road flares) in a parking lot after gunfire erupted at a townhouse complex on Alton Towers Circle, in Scarborough, injuring two kids, believed to be five and nine years old, in a nearby parkette on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (John Hanley/Special to Toronto Sun)

Nurse Stacy London told CTV she had just arrived home from work when she heard what happened. She rushed to the scene to administer first aid.

“I ran through and there were two kids on the ground,” said London. “Very small kids. My first reaction was, ‘Oh, my God,’ because these kids we’ve known from very small.”

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Cops are looking for the shooter who fled the scene heading eastbound in a vehicle with tinted windows that was driven by a second person.

Police are also searching for a male who was in the townhouse complex parking lot, not far from the parkette, and is thought to have been the shooter’s intended target.

Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford took to Twitter in the wake of the shooting and said he is “monitoring the situation closely.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families,” he tweeted.

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Gunplay in the city has increased steadily each year since 2014 when there 81 shooting occurrences and 101 shooting victims. This year Toronto had endured 181 shooting occurrences and 234 shooting victims as of Monday.

Of the 40 murder victims so far in 2018, 18 were killed by guns.

— With files by Chris Doucette

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