WATCH ABOVE: Shots rang out just before 4 a.m. inside the Garden Restaurant at Dundas street near University.
Toronto police are searching for two suspects after a brazen shooting at a packed downtown restaurant killed one man and sent two women to hospital.
Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux says the group was eating at the Garden Restaurant (on Dundas West and Chestnut streets) around 4 a.m. Sunday when they got into a dispute with the suspects.
He says two of the suspects then pulled out guns, with one then opening fire with a semi-automatic pistol.
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Thirty-one-year-old Tariq Mohammed, of Mississauga, Ont., was shot in the head at close range and pronounced dead at the scene, while the two women – both
in their 20s – were hit in the chest and abdomen and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Giroux says the restaurant was nearly full at the time of the shooting, and that around two dozen witnesses are being interviewed.
The shooter is described as a black man aged 20 to 30, five-foot-10 to five-11 with dark complexion, who police say appears “lanky” and was wearing a black hoodie and black tuque.
The second suspect is black, aged 20 to 30, with dark complexion and shorter than the shooter, has a stocky build, hair “in cornrows to the neck, eyes popping out or bulging” and was wearing a dark hoodie with unknown writing or logo on front.
“There’s a single shooter, by all accounts,” Giroux said.
He said it’s believed the three victims were at a nightclub earlier in the evening but that isn’t believed to be connected to the shooting.