Murder – Simpson and Broadview

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Mid-afternoon shooting leaves man dead in east-end

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A man in his 20s is dead after being shot to death Sunday afternoon in Toronto’s east-end.

Homicide detectives are on the scene at Simpson Avenue, near Broadview Avenue and Dundas Street, where the shooting happened just after 4 p.m.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and tried to revive the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are releasing very few details on the murder but are asking for help from witnesses who might have seen the shooting occur.

The area has been closed off as a result of the police investigation. Investigators are sweeping the area for a male suspect.


Man fatally shot in brazen daylight attack

TORONTO — A 21-year-old man became Toronto’s 70th homicide victim yesterday after he was gunned down in broad daylight on a quiet residential street, the apparent target of a planned ambush by several suspects who remain at large.

The brazen attack near Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street took place at 4 p.m., just as the unidentified victim was leaving the Don Jail, where he had been visiting an inmate. He was returning to his parked car a short distance away when he was approached by several men, Inspector Bernadette Button of Toronto Police told reporters.

“A foot chase ensued and several shots were fired,” she said. The victim collapsed in the driveway between two houses on Simpson Avenue.

Homicide detectives remained tight-lipped last night as a citywide search got under way for the suspects, who escaped on foot. The police would not divulge any information about the victim or the suspects, or what prompted the attack that has left residents in shock.

By late yesterday afternoon, the leafy street had been transformed into a busy crime scene. Yellow police tape cordoned off houses near where the victim had been shot, seven orange pylons covered shell casings from bullets strewn on the street and police cars and ambulances lined the street. Police escorted bewildered-looking congregants emerging from services at St. John’s Presbyterian Church on the corner to their cars.

Insp. Button said police were appealing for help from witnesses who might have seen the shooting. Dozens of police officers were combing through the streets and interviewing neighbours.

They were also poring over tape from a surveillance camera at a nearby fish store and had blocked off most of the streets near Broadview and Gerrard as part of the manhunt.

Craig Jenkins, a resident of Simpson Avenue, was one of the first people on the scene after the shooting. He said in an interview that he was at home watching a movie when his doorbell rang. He had heard a series of loud bangs but never imagined it was from a hail of bullets. When he opened the door, he found his next-door neighbour frantically yelling, “Someone’s been shot by my house. I need you to call 911.”

When Mr. Jenkins ran outside, he saw the man “slumped up against the back fence,” he said.

Paramedics arrived shortly after he called 911, but they could not revive the man. Mr. Jenkins said the man was unresponsive and bleeding from his ear. He had a bullet wound in his chest.

Residents of the area said they were shocked that their neighbourhood now resembled others in the city where gunfire is all too common. While gun crime overall has dropped significantly over the past two years in Toronto, reflective in part of several vigorous anti-gang sweeps, gun homicides have swung upward once again. This comes at a time when crime generally – and murder in particular – has been slowly but steadily declining across Canada.

Constance, a long-time resident who declined to give her last name, was just returning from church when she saw the police cars in her neighbourhood. “This is very sad,” she said. “It’s very strange for this neighbourhood.”

Don Jail shooting victim in Creba raids

Oct 22, 2007 11:30 AM

Staff Reporter
The man shot to death outside the Toronto’s Don Jail on Sunday was one of 25 people swept up in the Jane Creba murder investigation last year.

Eric Boateng, 21, had left the facility at Broadview Ave. and Gerrard St.E. on Sunday just before 4 p.m. and was returning to his car when he was confronted outside by a man and shot. He collapsed on a nearby quiet residential street and died.

Boateng pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking in Old City Hall provincial court on Aug. 7 and was sentenced to the equivalent of 28 months in jail.

He was released from custody at that time for time served, plus put on probation for a year.

He was originally charged with conspiracy to traffic in firearms. Boateng and 24 others were arrested on June 13, 2006, in a series of police raids after the fatal shooting of Jane Creba. They were not among the seven others charged in the Dec. 26, 2005 death of the Grade 10 Riverdale Collegiate student.

Witnesses described the gunman as black, in his 20s, medium build, between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet, wearing a black bomber-style jacket that was puffy and shiny, dark baggy pants, and a dark hat. He was last seen running south on Hamilton St., south of Gerrard St.E.

A small, dark SUV was also seen in the area at the time of the shooting, though police don’t know if it was involved in the incident.

Boateng is Toronto’s 70th homicide victim of 2007, one more than the 69 people killed in the city last year.


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