Suspect charged with second-degree murder in fatal Yonge and Bloor shooting
Police officers are seen outside a Tim Hortons on Yonge Street following a shooting that left one man dead on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (CP24/Jackie Crandles)
Toronto police say a suspect has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to a shooting near Yonge and Bloor streets Wednesday that killed an 18-year-old man.
Police were called to an area in front of two coffee shops on Yonge Street just north of Bloor Street shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday for a reported shooting.
When police arrived on the scene, they located a man without vital signs.
According to a witness, the victim was shot after getting into an altercation with a group while outside for a cigarette.
“He turned around to go in and they shot him five times in the back,” the woman, who did not want to give her name, told CP24 the night of the shooting. “He dropped right away.”
The male victim was rushed to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
On Friday morning, the victim was identified as 18-year-old Gabriel Nikov, a student at Central Toronto Academy in Little Italy.
Police said they were searching for three men in connection with the shooting.
On Monday, Toronto police arrested a suspect identified as 22-year-old Toronto resident Bradley Cheveldayoff and charged him with second-degree murder.
Cheveldayoff was scheduled to make an appearance in a downtown court Monday at 10 a.m.
Police have not said if they are still looking for any other suspects in connection with the case.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stopper anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).