Man identified after he is shot and killed outside grocery store in Toronto

Police say 22-year-old is believed to have been shot and killed outside a convenience store in a suburb of Toronto, just before 11pm on Wednesday

Toronto police have identified a man shot and killed outside a grocery store in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, north of the Canadian capital.

The man was believed to have been shot near the scene of a crash outside a grocery store in Brampton, Ontario, north of Toronto, just before 11pm. His identity was not released on Thursday afternoon, according to CTV Toronto.

Mearte Mackay, a cousin of the deceased, told Canadian television stations that he suspected the shooting was a “targeted” attack.

Witnesses said that the victim, who is believed to be 22 years old, was on his way to a nearby 7-Eleven store when he was confronted by three people on foot. The three then chased the man into the convenience store before they pulled a gun on him and shot him, witnesses said.

His cousin said police were searching for three men who were fleeing the scene.

“It could have been me. I walk past that area every day,” said the victim’s mother, Gail Mackay.

There have been a series of shootings in the Toronto area over the past several months, and police said the attack is believed to be related to a spate of other killings and shootings that had risen to include a series of drug-related killings.

In July, three men were fatally shot in a laneway, and last month, four men were found dead in a north Toronto apartment building in what police suspect was a murder-suicide.

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