The 2010s are officially over and tons of decade firsts have already begun flooding in. Sadly, not all of them are as joyful as you would want them to be. Police announced Toronto’s first homicide of 2020 on January 1, 2020, at around 10:30 p.m following a deadly downtown shooting. Two people were hospitalized due to the incident on Wednesday night.

CP24 reported that one of the victims, a man in his early 20s, died in hospital overnight. Police confirm that the other person remains in critical condition.

Officers first discovered the victims after being called to Oak Street in Regent Park after receiving reports of gunfire.

The victims were found inside a car riddled with bullet holes, which, according to CBC, was still parked at the scene early Thursday.

Toronto police's homicide unit has since taken over the ongoing investigation.

It is suspected that two individuals were hanging out in a parked vehicle near Oak Street, which is east of River Street, just before 11:00 p.m. when another car pulled up alongside them, and assailants opened fire.

Police later stated that the shots were not from an elevated position after unconfirmed reports of a shooter in a balcony.

Early in the year, homicides aren’t uncommon for the city. Back in 2019, 16 murders had already been confirmed by March.

Nashwan Yonan, 32 years old, died on March 21, two weeks after he was attacked at a gas station in Toronto.

His death also officially marked the 10th fatal shooting of 2019. It put Toronto on pace to match or beat last year's homicide record of 96 murders.


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