Thursday, March 28, 2013

One man dead following double shooting on King St. W.

TORONTO - One man is dead and another is badly hurt after an overnight shooting that left a sidewalk on the edge of the city’s Entertainment District stained with blood.

Toronto Police say officers patrolling in the area rushed to King St. W., east of Bathurst St., when they heard gunfire ring out around 2:40 a.m. Thursday.

“When they arrived at the scene they found two men in their early 20s suffering from gunshots wounds,” Const. Tony Vella said later in the day.

It’s believed a gunman approached from behind and opened fire on the victims as they walked along the north side of King near Portland St. — an area that was teeming with people as the many nearby nightclubs were closing up for the night.

One man was shot in his torso and his arm but is expected to survive.

The other man, now identified by police as Anthony Smith, 21, suffered mortal gunshots wounds to his head and died later in hospital.

Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation into the city’s 14th murder of the year.

Two large pools of blood remained on the sidewalk after the sun came up and the area was cordoned off with yellow police tape.

Several empty shell casings were found by cops but the gun was not recovered.

Vella wasn’t able to confirm reports the shooting was prompted by an altercation that started inside the Loki Lounge — a nightclub on the south side of King that was also cordoned off with crime scene tape.

“It’s early in the investigation, so at this point the motive for the shooting is unclear,” he said.

Police have no description for the shooter yet either, but Vella said officers are gathering surveillance video from security cameras in the area.

Witnesses who have not yet spoken to police, and anyone with information regarding the deadly shooting, is urged to call 14 Division at 416-808-1400 or crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
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