Man wanted in threats case is homicide victim no. 38
Published Thursday, September 3, 2009 11:50PM EDT
Toronto police have identified homicide victim number 38. He is 30-year-old Jamie Hull.
He is the same person police had recently been seeking in connection with a death threat against a woman and her family.
"I believe it was a relationship-related matter involving the now-deceased and a young woman," Det.-Sgt. Terry Browne told CTV Toronto late Thursday. "The connection between that incident and this one -- we're very, very early on. There may or may not be an associated connection."
Browne said he wants to speak with the young woman, but added she's not a suspect.
In a news release issued earlier on Thursday, police said Hull, also known as J, died of a penetrating gunshot wound to the back.
The shooting occurred at 12:53 a.m. on Wednesday in the Boultbee Ave. and Blake Street area of east Toronto.
Witnesses say they heard numerous shots. However, police searched the public housing complex for 40 minutes before finding Hull, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The only description police have of a suspect is a male wearing baggy clothes.
On Aug. 17, police issued a news release saying James Hull, 30, was being sought for threatening death. "He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If located, call 911," they said.
Police said Hull was known to frequent the Queen Street East and Pape Avenue area.
That's a few hundred metres from the shooting scene at 20 Boultbee Ave.
Const. Wendy Drummond of the Toronto Police Service told ctvtoronto.ca that the wanted man and the dead man are the same person.
Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area of the shooting or who has information to contact Browne at 416-808-7403, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and a message to CRIMES (274637).