A 'Targeted' Shooting Killed A Man In Downtown Toronto On Tuesday
3 people were shot in the incident.
There's been another homicide in Toronto. Police announced there was a shooting in the Entertainment District on May 26 after multiple reports of gunshots were heard and people fled the area. The Toronto shooting near King and Peter Streets hit three people and killed one of them, a 21-year-old man.
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UPDATE: Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said earlier on Tuesday that the male victim killed was 16 years old. Police later confirmed it was in fact a 21-year-old man. Sources including the National Post name the victim as Houdini, one of Canada's most-streamed up-and-coming rappers.
EARLIER: Toronto Police tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that they received numerous calls about gunshots near King Street West and Peter Street downtown.
Police said people were heard and seen "screaming and running" from the incident, which reportedly happened soon after 4 p.m.
All victims were rushed to the hospital and Saunders said live on CP24 that a 16-year-old boy had died, before police corrected the deceased male's age to 21.
Saunders told reporters via the broadcast that the crime is considered to be a targeted hit.
"It looks like this was a targeted situation," he said. "We're looking for a blue vehicle and this is a suspect vehicle.
"It turns out that the suspect vehicle, based on the evidence we have right now, was waiting for about 40 minutes for the occupants of another vehicle, to arrive."
Police also confirmed on Tuesday evening that the other two people shot were a 15-year-old boy and a 27-year-old woman.
Saunders added on CP24, regarding the female victim: "By all indication, it looks like this female that was shot has absolutely nothing to do with this, absolutely nothing."
Police initially located one male victim suffering from gunshot wounds, according to the TPS Twitter updates.
TPS was able to recover the firearm used. Saunders says he considers the case eminently solvable thanks to that and the high concentration of CCTV and other cameras in the area.
"The bottom line is, there's a lot of evidence that we have gleaned so far," he said, as quoted by CBC. "We know we are getting more evidence, particularly by way of video."
CP24 adds that Toronto police said the shooting appears to have occurred outside a hotel. The report notes that evidence markers could be seen outside Bisha Hotel & Residences on Blue Jays Way.
One witness told CBC that they heard six or seven gunshots before the sound of a car accelerating as it left the scene.
Police continue to investigate, and ask anyone who may have information to contact them as soon as possible.
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