Monday, February 10, 2014

Man shot dead in vehicle in Etobicoke

TORONTO - After “Samantha” heard gunshots, she poked her head outside her Etobicoke home to see a car idling with someone slouched over in the driver’s seat and another vehicle speeding away.

Samantha, who did not use her real name out of fear for her family’s safety, was one of a handful of residents in the Brown’s Line-Evans Ave. area who were on edge Monday after a 27-year-old man was shot and killed around 10:20 Sunday night.

Police arrived on Hargrove Lane to find the victim behind the wheel of a car.

“I saw the driver’s side window was broken and the person was hunched over,” Samantha, 36, said, adding that when she stepped outside for a closer look, she could hear the victim’s car running.

“It’s scary, especially if you have family,” said Samantha, who insisted her neighbourhood is safe.

Toronto Police Const. Wendy Drummond said that upon arrival, investigators found a man “suffering from obvious gunshot wounds.” She said police were withholding the victim’s identity until his family was notified.

A longtime area resident who lives steps from where the killing took place said he heard as many as six shots.

He also wasn’t surprised by what happened considering the lack of lighting at the location.

“I’ve lived here for 13 years, and I’ll tell you, if I wanted to commit a crime this is where I’d do it,” said the resident, who wouldn’t give his name. “There needs to be a street lamp here.”

He said that while working the late shift, he would sometimes come home to find unfamiliar vehicles parked in the darkness. Sometimes, he said, the smell of marijuana would be in the air.

Resident Annie Menecola, 42, said the car the man was found in looked unfamiliar.

“I don’t like this at all,” Menecola said, adding that she saw the victim’s car on the west side of Hargrove Lane, facing south.

Police suspect the killer fled in a silver, two-door car.
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