04/26/2012 04:15 EDT | Updated 06/26/2012 05:12 EDT

Toronto shootings on the rise in 2012, stats suggest

Preliminary statistics from Toronto police suggest the number of shootings is on the rise in the city, up more than 50 per cent from a year ago.

As of Thursday morning, police said they had knowledge of 82 shooting occurrences since the start of the year.

That’s up from 54 at the same time last year, an increase of 51.9 per cent, according to the year-to-date statistics posted on the police website.

The increased number of shootings has also resulted in an increased number of victims.

Forty-one people have been injured or killed in shootings involving illegal use of firearms in Toronto in 2012, compared to 36 as of last year.

However, fewer people have died, with seven gun-related homicides this year, compared to 10 at the same point last year.

Police say that the year-to-date statistics posted on their website are based on preliminary information that could change or be reclassified.