September 1, 2018 2:21 pm
Updated: September 1, 2018 3:29 pm

Toronto police update fatal shooting marking 71st homicide of 2018

A man in his 20s is dead following a shooting in Scarborough early Friday morning. Mark Carcasole reports.

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Toronto police have updated the media on a fatal Friday morning shooting, as well as released security footage of a vehicle that was seen fleeing the scene.

Police told Global News on Friday that they responded to a call that a man had been shot in the area of Warden Avenue and Burnhill Road at 4:50 a.m.

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When they arrived on the scene, officers said they found a man with gunshot wounds, and he was transported by paramedics to hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

They have identified the victim as 24-year-old Alpha Conteh from Toronto.

Officers told reporters Friday that they believe the victim was targeted but are unclear about the motive.

In a press conference on Saturday, Det. Andy Singh said Conteh was “walking north on Borden Avenue when he was approached by a lone suspect.”

“This suspect had a very brief interaction with Mr. Conteh, a few seconds at most, and then he opened fire.”

Singh said Conteh fell to the ground and the suspect continued to fire before fleeing the scene.

“We believe the attack was unprovoked in the sense that Mr. Conteh, from the immediate information we have, didn’t do anything to be shot the way he was,” he said.

“However we are not aware of the background as to what occurred earlier on that morning or in the late evening hours and that’s where we’re looking for the public’s assistance.”

WATCH: Police release security footage of vehicle seen fleeing fatal shooting

The security footage shows the suspect getting into what appears to be a grey Nissan Altima after shooting Conteh. The vehicle then headed south on Warden Avenue towards Danforth Road.

Officers say the suspect is a man and was last seen wearing a light-coloured hoodie and blue jeans.

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

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