Thursday, July 14, 2016

Laura Rd. North York Murder Victim ID'd as Abdirizak Hersi, 20

A young man killed in a wild broad daylight shooting involving two moving cars in North York this week is just the latest victim in a year that has been rife with gunplay.

Toronto Police say the two cars were heading south on Laura Rd., approaching Sheppard Ave. W., when the mayhem unfolded around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

It’s believed a gunman opened fire from one vehicle, possibly a Honda, as it overtook the other vehicle, a Mazda, on its driver’s side in the residential neighbourhood.

In an apparent effort to evade the gunfire, the Mazda swerved to the right and jumped the curb into a park. Both occupants were hit by bullets and the car travelled to the far side of the park before crashing into a chain-link fence.

“When police arrived at the scene, they found a vehicle with two men in medical distress,” Homicide Det.-Sgt. Sue Gomes said in a statement released Thursday. “Both men were taken to hospital.”

One man was pronounced dead soon after and has now been identified as Abdirizak Hersi, 20.

His cousin, also 20, suffered minor injuries and has since been released from hospital.

Hersi is the city’s 37th murder victim of the year and 24th to be killed by a gun.

Last year at this time there had been 27 homicides, 12 of which were gunned down. And the 202 shooting occurrences so far in 2016 are 34.7% higher than last year at the same time and well above the 95 shooting occurrences that the city endured over the same period in 2014.

Homicide investigators are anxious to track down the dark, four-door sedan that fled the deadly shooting scene in North York and they’re urging anyone with information to come forward.

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