Canada-wide warrant issued for suspect wanted in fatal parking lot shooting in Toronto
A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for one of two men wanted for first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Hamilton, Ont., man at a parking lot in Toronto’s north end.
Toronto police said a 33-year-old man was shot multiple times on April 21 around 9:30 p.m. by two assailants while sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle on Dufferin Street and Bowie Avenue.
Investigators said the victim, identified as Leonard Pinnock, was not from the area and travelled to the location to drop off a friend.
Police released graphic surveillance video of the shooting in May with the hope that someone could recognize the suspects.
In the video, two men can be seen approaching the vehicle from Bowie Street and firing several rounds.
The suspect wanted on the Canada-wide warrant has been identified as 24-year-old Akil Whyte.
In addition to his first-degree murder charge, the accused is also wanted for conspiracy to commit an indictable offence stemming from an investigation named Project Kronic which targeted the Driftwood Crips street gang.
Police say the identity of the second suspect in the parking lot shooting is still unknown.
“If anyone is considering offering Akil Whyte assistance in evading arrest, I would caution them that there are criminally consequences to offering him any aid in that regard,” Det. Sgt. Joyce Schertzer told reporters during a press conference on Monday.
“Individuals harbouring Akil Whyte leave themselves vulnerable to prosecution.”
Police said Whyte is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
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