Toronto police release video of suspect wanted in fatal North York shooting
Toronto police have released security camera footage of a suspect wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man in North York on Sunday.
Police said they responded to a call after 3:30 a.m. and found Karim Hirani with a gunshot wound to his head. He died at the scene.
In a video released by the homicide squad on Wednesday, it shows a dark Nissan Maxima entering the parking lot of 415 Driftwood Ave. near Jane Street early Sunday morning.
The suspect, who was described by police as an approximately 20-year-old man wearing a hooded sweater and dark pants, can be seen exiting the vehicle. Investigators alleged he approached the victim off camera and shot him.
The suspect can then be seen running back to the vehicle and driving away.
Police said they believe the suspect was acting alone and was not travelling with a driver, which is something Det. Sgt. Mike Carbone said is unusual.
“It is something that we don’t see very often,” Carbone said.
“I can’t remember the last time we’ve seen something like this or I’ve seen something like this.”
Police said the vehicle used by the suspect was rented from a company in Toronto, but could not be traced back to the renter.
“This numbered company is being operated as a, I’ll call it a rental company, but it’s not a traditional one where you would essentially leave your drivers licence, sign a contract and have a method of payment that would include a credit card,” Carbone said.
“You can see why individuals may want to use this type of service to maintain their anonymity.”
Carbone said the vehicle may have been rented specifically to do the shooting. He said investigators haven’t been able to reach the owners of the business. It has the licence plate CCES 572.
Police said they’re continuing to canvass for more surveillance footage.
Carbone said the motive of the shooting remains unknown.
Hirani’s death was the city’s 53rd homicide of 2018.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.