TORONTO - They were out for a night of fun and had a run-in with the wrong person — someone who was armed with a gun and didn’t hesitate to use it.
Toronto Police Staff-Insp. Greg McLane says that’s one of “many
possibilities” his investigators are looking at as they try to catch the
gunman responsible for the fatal shooting of two men in Chinatown early
Sunday that also injured three others, including two bystanders.
“Based on what I know now, I would say that’s more likely than not,”
the homicide squad boss said Tuesday, explaining there is nothing to
“indicate” either of the murder victims had gang ties.
He said David Eminess, 26, and Quinn Taylor, 29, were out front of
the New Ho King restaurant on Spadina Ave., south of College St., along
with a third man when the gunfire erupted around 3:15 a.m.
Eminess and Taylor were killed, their friend and two innocent bystanders were wounded. But detectives still don’t know why.
“One possibility would be, and I’ve seen it before, where there has
been some type of altercation, words spoken, an unintentional bump,”
McLane said. “I’m not saying that’s what it is, but this is entirely
“Obviously the shooter has jumped from zero to 1,000 and has very low
tolerance, he pulled his weapon and shot these two young men.”
McLane urged anyone who was in the restaurant or out on the street to
come forward if they have information about the shooting or killer.
He also appealed for help from the many cab drivers who were in the
area and may have witnessed the shooting or picked up the gunman.
“This is the type of behaviour that erodes the perception of public
safety where we live, work and play,” McLane said. “We must all work
together to make a difference, to ensure public safety and to reduce the
level of violent crime that we’re seeing and have seen over the last
Anyone with information should call Homicide Det. Mike Carbone at 416-808-7400, ext. 77378, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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