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Man charged in shooting death of bystander in Toronto's Leslieville has criminal history

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A 32-year-old man from Toronto has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder over the death of a woman who was killed by a stray bullet in Toronto's east end last week.

Karolina Huebner-Makurat, a 44-year-old mother of two, was killed while walking in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood on Friday shortly past noon, an incident that rattled the community.

Damian Hudson, a Toronto resident, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder, police said in a written statement on Thursday.

Court documents obtained by the Canadian Press show that the accused has a criminal record.

Hudson was charged in 2021 with assault causing bodily harm in and failing to comply with probation order issued in 2019. He was also charged with two counts of assault in March of last year and with failing to comply with the same probation order.

Hudson was due to appear in a Toronto court on Thursday.

Officers were called to the scene on Friday following reports of a physical alternation between three men, police said.

"Two of the males brandished handguns and discharged them at each other," police said.

Huebner-Makurat "was walking in the area and was struck by a stray bullet," and the suspects fled on foot, the police statement further said.

Police have asked for the public's help in identifying two additional suspects, who have both been described as male and between the ages of 18 and 25.

Leslieville residents set up a makeshift memorial for Huebner-Makurat shortly after her death, laying flowers, candles and notes mourning her death.

Adrian Makurat, who identified himself as the husband of the victim, posted on social media hours after the shooting asking for privacy and calling it a "tragic day."

"Life is short. Hug your loved ones every moment you get the chance," he wrote on a Facebook profile with pictures of the couple and two young girls.

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow commented on the killing on Monday, two days before she formally took office, extending her condolences to Karolina Huebner-Makurat's family and calling what happened a "horrible tragedy."

"The challenge before me when I become mayor is to find ways to end gun violence and all types of violence," Chow said.

Publicly available police data – current as of Saturday – shows reported shootings are at a five-year low, dating back to 2019.

So far this year, there have been 153 reported shootings or firearm discharges, compared to a high of 225 in 2020, or the next lowest mark of 187 in 2021.

While homicides and reported shootings are down so far, police data indicates assaults are trending up by about 18 per cent compared to the five-year average by this time of year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 13, 2023. 

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