March 19, 2019 4:27 pm
Updated: March 19, 2019 11:37 pm

Man dead after brazen daylight shooting in Toronto’s west end

WATCH: Mid-afternoon on Tuesday, police were called to the city's Junction neighbourhood for reports of gun shots. When they arrived on scene, the found a man on scene with life threatening injuries. Erica Vella reports.


Toronto police say the victim of a brazen mid-afternoon shooting in the Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood has died.

Police said officers received reports of multiple shots fired came in just before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the area of Randolph and Perth avenues, near Bloor GO station, and when police arrived on scene they found a man with life-threatening injuries.

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The victim, who is believed to be around 25 years old, was taken to a Toronto trauma centre, but died a short time later.

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A neighbourhood resident who did not want to be identified for fear of safety said she heard approximately five gun shots.

“I heard five to six gun shots go off rapidly right after each other … somebody yelled, ‘No,’ and another half a second after that somebody said, ‘Call police, call the police,’” the woman said.

She said she then went outside and saw the victim laying on the ground.

“He was laying on the ground. He had no movement to him whatsoever and they were working on him… they were trying their best, doing the best they could to help him,” she said.

“He was just lifeless.”

Det. Rob North told reporters Tuesday evening that police are looking for a male suspect, adding there could be additional suspects.

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“That male was seen leaving the area of 21 Randolph Ave. approaching Perth Avenue and fleeing on foot,” he said.

“We have officers from 11 Major Crime assisting in the investigation and we are doing a lengthy video canvas.”

WATCH: Toronto police say a man has died after a shooting in the city’s west end Tuesday afternoon.

One of the buildings close to the shooting incident is a Toronto Community Housing building. In a statement, the housing agency said it’s working with police.

Investigators also appealed to residents in the neighbourhood with any video surveillance or information to contact police or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

— With files from Don Mitchell

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