Monday, May 2, 2016
Toronto Double slaying victim had been celebrating pal's birthday, Cynthia Mullapudi, 24, and Joseph Anzolona, 26
Toronto Police announced Monday that homicide investigators nabbed a 24-year-old alleged gang member who’s suspected of fatally shooting Cynthia Mullapudi, 24, and Joseph Anzolona, 26, of Toronto, last Friday night.
The victims were in the back of a parked SUV outside an LCBO store at Parkway Mall, in the Victoria Park Ave.-Ellesmere Rd. area, around 10 p.m. when a gunman attacked. A man and woman in the front seat were uninjured.
A man who identified himself as Mullapudi’s father said Monday that his daughter was celebrating the birthday of the surviving female passenger.
“At this time, we don’t know anything ... Cynthia took a ride with the other girl ... that’s all we know,” John said. “The other surviving female, that was the girl who picked her up for some birthday party. That’s what our daughter told us ... She was going for the girl’s birthday.”
John said his daughter had graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in life sciences and had recently started working for a “health-related manufacturing” company. “She just found this job about a month and a half ago and she was very excited about finding this job,” he said.
Staff-Insp. Greg McLane said Monday Toronto Police’s guns and gangs unit is involved in the investigation.
“A lone gunman approached the vehicle, opened the rear door, and fired numerous rounds into the seating area in the back of the vehicle, striking Anzolona and Mullapudi numerous times,” he said.
McLane said the suspect was previously known to police and is allegedly a gang member, but would not elaborate.
Anzolona, believed to be the target of the shooting, was also known to police, he said. Mullapudi was not known to police and was likely an unintended target, he added.
Harris Nnane, 24, of Toronto, was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.