Toronto's murder victim was an innocent bystander
Published Monday, January 14, 2008 9:26AM EST
Last Updated Friday, May 18, 2012 7:30PM EDT
Toronto police have arrested two men in connection with a murder outside a downtown strip club.
Two suspects have been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder for a fatal shooting outside the Brass Rail Club at 701 Yonge Street early Saturday morning.
They were arrested later Saturday by homicide detectives and officers with the Gun and Gang Task Force.
Witnesses standing outside the strip club at around 1 a.m. Saturday morning when the shooting occurred gave police descriptions of two men seen running from the scene.
Police say two men got into a scuffle inside the club and were kicked out by staff.
At first, both men walked away from the club but then turned and came back towards the Brass Rail.
One of the men allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired, striking a 42-year-old man who was standing outside the club.
The man, who police say was not the intended target, was shot once in the head. John O'Keefe was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is believed a bouncer at the club was the intended target. O'Keefe was an innocent bystander who just happened to be outside the club at the wrong time.
His girlfriend of six years told CTV Toronto O'Keefe was heading home after a night out with friends. The victim grew up in Scarborough but worked at a downtown vitamin store.
Police have charged Edward Paredes, a 22-year-old Toronto resident, and Awet Zekarias, a 23-year-old also from Toronto.
O'Keefe is Toronto's 2nd homicide victim of the year.