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.