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1 dead, 1 in critical condition after shooting at north-end Toronto bar

WATCH ABOVE: As Catherine McDonald reports, Toronto’s latest homicide victim was shot inside the Red Room Restaurant, where there was another shooting less than three weeks ago.

Toronto police say a 20-year-old man has died and another man has life-threatening injuries after a shooting inside a north-end bar early Thursday.

A spokesperson told Global News emergency crews were called The Red Room Restaurant on Jane Street, near Lawrence Avenue West, just after 1:20 a.m. with reports of a shooting.

Police said a man reportedly walked into the bar and began shooting. Two people were hit in the gunfire.

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A man, who was later identified as Miganeh Idriss, died outside of the establishment. A second man was rushed to hospital in critical condition by paramedics with a police escort.

Officers didn’t release suspect information as of early Thursday, but a grey SUV was reportedly seen taking off from the scene.

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The Toronto police homicide squad was called in to take over the investigation.

Thursday’s incident wasn’t the first one at the bar. Less than three weeks ago, a man was shot there at around 2 p.m. on a Sunday. He survived the shooting. In June 2018, there was a stabbing and again the victim survived.

Coun. Frances Nunziata (Ward 5 York South-Weston) told Global News she has called the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and said she wants the bar’s liquor license revoked. It remains closed as police seek a warrant to go in.

“We’ve had stabbings and we’ve had shootings, and so they’ve been focused on this establishment for a while. And the community is really fed up,” Nunziata said.

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