Monday, September 8, 2014
21 year old man shot dead in North York
When manicurist Do Aoa, who works at a Magic Nails in the area, heard shots outside her North York business that night, she took note, but went back to watching TV shows.
The 58-year-old recalled Tuesday she was between customers when she heard “four or five” loud pops just after 6 p.m.
Police responded and cordoned off a small gravel parking lot behind Aoa’s shop.
Toronto Police found a 21-year-old victim. He died in hospital a short time later, marking Toronto’s 32nd homicide of the year.
“I heard the shots — four or five times — but I didn’t think it was out back, I thought it was down the street ... I was watching (my) iPad,” said Aoa.
The location where the brazen daytime murder occurred falls inside the border of one of Toronto’s city-designated priority investment neighbourhoods, the hardscrabble Weston-Mount Dennis area. Rustic, an area being considered as a newly designated priority area sits directly to the northeast.
Suresh Patel, who works behind the counter of Vinayaka Convenience, which is located merely steps from where Monday’s shooting took place, said he heard four shots. He didn’t, however, venture outside his small store to investigate. Instead, he just kept working.
According to Toronto Police spokesman Jennifer Sidhu, “several men were seen running from the scene” immediately after Monday’s shooting. She said it is a possibility these people could be a mix of both suspects and people running in fear.
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