Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Jaiden Jackson, 28 shot dead Sunday May 20, 2018 downtown at Yonge and Wellington identified, police seeking three suspects

TORONTO — Police are searching for three suspects after a man was chased and shot to death Sunday evening in the city’s core.

Shortly before 9 p.m., police say the victim — identified as 28-year-old Jaiden Jackson — left the Pick 6ix restaurant on Yonge St. at Wellington St. W. in the company of a female.

As the two walked along the north side of Wellington St. towards the victim’s car, a black four-door Honda approached the two, driving the wrong way on the one-way thoroughfare.

Pulling a quick u-turn, two armed men emerged from the car and opened fire on Jackson, who attempted to escape by running down the ramp of a nearby underground parking garage.

He was pursued by both the gunmen, as well as a third suspect behind the wheel of the Honda, who all continued firing upon Jackson.

Reversing off the ramp and back onto the road, the suspects fled west on Wellington before turning south onto Bay St.

Rushed to hospital by paramedics, Jackson was later pronounced dead.

It was not Toronto’s first homicide of the day. About 18 hours earlier, around 3 a.m., 17-year-old Mohammed Gharda was killed and an 18-year-old man was wounded in a shooting at Milford Haven Dr. and Greenock Ave. in Scarborough.

Toronto police spokesman Gary Long said “it’s too early” to determine if either shootings were connected, but said homicide investigators would pursue every angle.

The two murders are the city’s 30th and 31st of 2018.

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