Toronto police on Wednesday night were searching for suspects after a shooting in the city’s northwest end in which a 15-year-old boy was shot several times.

The victim had been shot "multiple” times in the lower back around 7:45 p.m., police said. He was taken to Sunnybrook hospital, local media reported.

Police said that they had “responded to a call near Varna Drive,” which is near Allen Road and Lawrence Avenue West.

The victim was standing and talking in a walkway with his brother and three friends when a car pulled up and up to eight shots were fired, the CBC’s Natalie Kalata reported.

Police were seen in the late evening hours searching the ground in the area for shell casings.

Search for vehicle

Police said they were looking for several occupants of a blue, older model Nissan.

"It’s not right," one man told CBC News. "The city needs to do more.”

The area was site of a shooting last May when a man was shot several times near Ranee Avenue and Varna Drive.

The shooting also follows the high profile incident over the Easter weekend outside Yorkdale mall, about 2.5 kilometres away.

Two men, who police said were known members of the “Asian Assassins” street gang, were shot last Saturday evening. Michael Nguyen, 23, was killed. A 24-year-old male victim was taken to hospital and survived.

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  • <a href="http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/26035" target="_blank">Toronto Police have identified Michael Nguyen, 23, as the Yorkdale shooting victim</a>. Another man, 24, was sent to hospital.