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Man, 20, dead after shooting near Toronto playground, 4 suspects wanted

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A 20-year-old man is dead after a shooting in Toronto late Monday that appears to have taken place near a playground.

Toronto police said emergency crews were called to the Jane Street and Falstaff Avenue area, which is just south of Highway 401, at 11:58 p.m. Monday.

Police said there were reports of a shooting and a man was found with injuries. He was rushed to hospital, but died.

Toronto resident Ajay Simpson was identified as the victim.

Toronto police officers investigate a homicide at an apartment complex on Falstaff Avenue on Monday night. Global News

Video from the scene shows police tape cordoning off a park area of an apartment complex on Falstaff Avenue, including a playground.

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Det.-Sgt. Mike Taylor told reporters at the scene Tuesday afternoon police are looking for four suspects.

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“I have identified a white SUV responsible for the shooting. I can also identify within that white SUV, there were four persons that exited the vehicle,” he said.

“I can tell you that all four of the individuals were armed with handguns.”

Ajay Simpson, 20, was shot dead Monday night in North York, Toronto police say. Handout / Toronto police

Taylor added that multiple shots were fired. He did not have descriptions of the suspects.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

— with files from Aaron D’Andrea

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