Argument preceded fatal shooting, say police
Published Friday, June 22, 2012 6:12PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, June 23, 2012 12:08AM EDT
A man who was shot in a parking lot in Scarborough Friday afternoon has died of his injuries.
The 30-year-old man did not have vital signs when emergency crews arrived at 6 Glamorgan Ave., near Kennedy Road and Ellesmere Road.
The man was shot at least twice, shortly before 6 p.m., paramedics said.
Toronto police Det. Justin Vanderheyden told reporters that between five and seven men were in the back parking lot of an apartment building at 6 Glamorgan Ave. just before the shooting occurred.
“A loud argument was overheard, by many of the residents in the area, followed by a number of gunshots,” said Vanderheyden. “What we know now was a 30-year-old man was shot multiple times and then collapsed in the back parking lot of this address.”
Witnesses reported hearing at least four gunshots and seeing a man lying on the ground.
Footage from a CTV Toronto helicopter over the scene showed a man lying near a row of parked cars as paramedics and emergency crews worked on him.
Vanderheyden said police have good video footage of the parking lot that shows two cars driving quickly away from the scene after the shooting.
One of the cars was a light-coloured four-door, likely a Honda Accord or Acura. The other was a dark-coloured four-door car, he said.
The video also showed people running away on foot after the shooting.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Sunnybrook Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Vanderheyden said police were still looking for the shooter and the other men who were in the parking lot during the argument. They believe there was only one gun used in the shooting.
Vanderheyden also made an appeal to any witnesses to come forward and call the Toronto Police Services homicide department, or Crimestoppers.
“There was a lot of pedestrian traffic,” Vanderheyden said. “Anyone who has any information who has information about what happened before, leading up to, or after, the shooting, is urged to contact police.”
The victim had family that lived in the immediate area and his vehicle was parked in the lot at the time of the shooting, Vanderheyden said.
The victim’s identity will not be released until an autopsy is complete.