Suspects wanted on Canada-wide warrant for 1st-degree murder in deaths of 2 men in downtown Toronto

Abdulkadir Handule has been convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two men in Toronto in 2018. Handout / Toronto Police Service

Toronto police say they’re looking for a 16-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man in connection with the shooting deaths of two men on Queen Street West late last month.

Emergency crews were called to Queen Street West near Peter Street, east of Spadina Avenue, at around 8 p.m. on June 30 with reports of gunshots being fired.

Paramedics took two men to a trauma centre by their crews in life-threatening condition where both later died.

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The two male victims were later identified as 21-year-old Jahvante Smart, a rap artist who went by the name “Smoke Dawg,” and 28-year-old Ernest Modekwe, who worked with Smart in the music industry.

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A third victim, a woman who is believed to be in her 30s, was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Police said she is expected to recover from her injuries.

In an update released by police on Wednesday evening, investigators said a Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Abdulkadir Handule.

On Thursday, police obtained judicial authorization to identify the second suspect. Under Canadian law, police need to receive permission from a judge to identify a person under 18. However, that permission expired on Tuesday and he can no longer be identified.

Both suspects are wanted for two counts of first-degree murder and a count of attempted murder.

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

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