Victim of drive-by shooting in Etobicoke had no criminal history: police
Paul Johnston and Codi Wilson, CTV Toronto
Published Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:57AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:25PM EDT
A 28-year-old man gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Etobicoke Tuesday afternoon had no criminal history, Toronto police said Wednesday.
According to investigators, shots were fired into a parked car carrying two men on Lexington Avenue, just north of Albion Road and Silverstone Drive, shortly before 6 p.m.
When officers arrived on scene, two victims were found inside the vehicle suffering from life-threatening injuries.
On Wednesday morning, police confirmed that one of the victims had died in hospital.
Police identified the man as Christian Saarah at a press conference late Wednesday afternoon.
“The deceased has no criminal history,” Toronto police Det. Robert Choe said.
The other victim is Saarah’s 24-year-old brother, Choe said. He remains in hospital with what police described as serious injuries.
Choe said he was not prepared to discuss whether Saarah’s brother was known to police.
Investigators believe that some sort of interaction took place between the victims and the occupants of the suspect vehicle before shots were fired, Choe said, though what was said remains unclear.
“We believe the incident to be a targeted shooting,” he said.
Police continue to search for a suspect vehicle – described as a white, four-door sedan – in connection with the shooting.
No suspect information has yet been provided.
“Considering the time of day, we believe that there may have been a number of witnesses that were present in the area when this occurred,” Choe said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Christian Saarah, 28, of Toronto, is seen in this undated photograph provided by Toronto police.