Toronto police say they are still searching for a male suspect and suspect vehicle in relation to the fatal shooting of a man while driving his car in the city’s north end in October 2020.
It was on Oct. 7 when officers were called by residents in the area of Bathurst Street and Ranee Avenue who reported hearing multiple gunshots at around 11:30 p.m. It was also reported vehicles were speeding away from the area. A vehicle was found on the side yard of a home on Regina Avenue at Khedive Avenue, a short distance from where the gunshots were heard.
Police said Shane Shannon Stanford, identified by officers as the driver of the vehicle, was subsequently pronounced dead.
On Tuesday, officers said they do not believe Stanford was targeted specifically and that the shooting may have been “in relation to the area.” Police said Stanford was “simply driving home from work.”
On Oct. 29, investigators charged 27-year-old Toronto resident Raheem McLaughlin and a 17-year-old girl, who cannot be identified due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, with accessory after the fact to murder.
The third suspect was described by police as being a man in his 20s, approximately five-foot-10 with a thin build. At the time of the shooting, he was reported as wearing a dark-coloured jacket with maroon-coloured “KAPPA” track pants and black shoes.
The vehicle was described as a white four-door 2005-2006 Nissan Infiniti G35 with a sunroof and tinted windows. It has gold-coloured rims and gold trim under the driver and passenger doors as well as scratches behind the rear right bumper.