Monday, August 18, 2014

Man dead in Jane-Eglinton double shooting

TORONTO - A 24-year-old man is dead and a 23-year-old man is in hospital after a double shooting at Jane St. and Eglinton Ave. W. at the tail end of evening rush hour Monday.

Toronto Police Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga from the homicide squad said he believes the two men were victims of a targeted shooting that "may be" gang-related.

"I believe it's a targeted act at this point in time," Idsinga told reporters at the scene late Monday evening.

The shooting occurred around 6:45 p.m. According to Idsinga, the 24-year-old was driving a Nissan south on Jane and was stopped in heavy traffic when a "lone gunman" approached the car.

The shooter "fired numerous rounds into the back and the driver's side of the Nissan," killing the driver, injuring a passenger, and causing the car to veer off the road and crash into a tree.

At the scene Monday, an orange tarp covered the front half of a small four-door Nissan that rested against a tree on the west side of Jane, north of Eglinton.

Yellow crime tape separated part of Jane with traffic that was being diverted as homicide investigators and the collision reconstruction unit investigated.

An out-of-service TTC bus was within the bounds of the crime tape.

Tony Diaz, 49, who lives in the area, said he was on the east side of Jane when he heard gunshots and saw one car speed south on Jane.

“The other cars were stopping because they get scared,” he said.

“When I came more closely, I saw (another) car crashed in the tree,” Diaz continued. “I said, ‘What the hell is this.’”

He he also saw people try to aid the occupants of the crashed car.

“Then I saw the ambulance,” Diaz said.

Idsinga said the gunman is believed to have been in another vehicle. Witnesses were being interviewed by police late Monday.

Both victims were known to police, police confirmed. The 24-year-old victim has no criminal history while the 23-year-old, who is expected to survive but is in serious condition, has a criminal history, police said.
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