Sunday, October 5, 2014
Man gunned down outside after-hours club in Toronto
Toronto Police Det.-Sgt. Graham Gibson said the man was shot while leaving an “after-hours club” called The Captain’s Social Club — located in a commercial plaza on Weston Rd., near Rogers Rd.
Officers were called to the scene around 5:45 a.m. The man, who attended the club with friends, was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“It appears that there might have been a robbery as they exited the place and a brief struggle and one of the males who has since died was shot,” Gibson said.
The victim is described as a man in his 40s. Investigators have not yet released his name.
Police are so far searching for one suspect, described as a white male of average build who was wearing a light jacket, dark shoes, and dark pants. He also had a dark ball cap and may have had his hood on.
Gibson said investigators are currently looking at surveillance footage from cameras dotting the complex and also interviewing witnesses.
Jose Conde, who owns a unit in the plaza, that after arriving Sunday morning, he viewed video footage of people running out of the plaza and driving away in a hurry.
“I don’t think it ever gets as busy during the day as it was last night, to be honest, from what I’ve seen on the cameras,” he said.
Police have a copy of the footage, which Conde said does not show the actual shooting.
The dozens of people he saw on camera swarming to get out of the plaza was surprising, he added.
“Because I didn’t know there was much action here,” he said. “I had no idea.”
Krista Williams, who lives nearby with her two-year-old son, said that “every weekend, there’s a fight or yelling” at the plaza where the shooting occurred.
She blamed “drunk people that can’t handle their alcohol” for the constant commotion.
The recent violence was “bound to happen” but still frightens her, she said.
“That’s scary to know,” Williams said. “I’ve lived here for four years but I’ve never heard any gunshots.”
The investigation continues.
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