1 dead, 1 injured in shooting, marking Toronto’s first homicide of 2020: police

1 dead, 1 injured in Regent Park shooting marks 1st Toronto homicide of 2020
WATCH ABOVE: Toronto police seized a bullet-riddled vehicle Thursday morning, after two men were found suffering from gunshot wounds. One died as a result of their injuries, marking the first homicide of 2020 in Toronto. Shallima Maharaj reports.

Toronto police say a 21-year-old man has died and another 21-year-old man is seriously injured after a shooting in Regent Park on Wednesday, prompting officers to open the city’s first homicide investigation of 2020.

Emergency crews were called to River and Dundas streets at around 10:30 p.m. for reports of multiple gunshots heard, according to police.

Officers found two victims at the scene, and police said they were rushed to hospital via emergency run. One victim was in life-threatening condition, while the other was in non-life-threatening condition, police said.

Police with 51 Division confirmed one man was pronounced dead in hospital and that the force’s homicide unit has taken over the investigation.

That man was identified as Ahmed Yakot.

Toronto police have identified 21-year-old Ahmed Yako as the city’s first homicide of 2020.
Toronto police have identified 21-year-old Ahmed Yako as the city’s first homicide of 2020. Toronto police/Handouts

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According to police, a black car was found at the scene riddled with bullets on the door of the driver’s side. The vehicle was towed by police on Thursday morning.

Investigators said the suspect vehicle is described as a dark-coloured small sedan.

Police are asking any local residents, businesses, and drivers who may have security or dashcam footage of the area to contact investigators.

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

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