Police continue to hunt for suspect in latest homicide
Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Sunday, March 24, 2013 8:21AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:12PM EDT
Homicide detectives are poring over surveillance video images as they hunt for a suspect in Toronto’s latest homicide.
Police are looking for a male who fatally shot 21-year-old Nisan Nirmalendran at the entrance to a seniors’ complex in Cabbagetown last Thursday.
The suspect shot at Nirmalendran as a female resident entered the Bleecker Street building, and police said it appears Nirmalendran used the woman as a human shield before he was killed.
The woman was not physically harmed.
In addition to the suspect, Browne said, police are looking for a male who was leaving the complex with Nirmalendran, whose brother was slain in a high-profile shooting last summer.
Police believe the male, described as a person of interest, was Nirmalendran’s friend.
Investigators are also looking for two vehicles - a minivan and a car - that were spotted leaving the scene.
One is a Dodge or Town & Country minivan that is silver and possibly between the 2004 and 2008 model years, police said.
The second vehicle is an Acura TL with shiny rims and tinted windows. The car is a “lower, sporty version” that may be dark navy blue or black in colour, and is from the 2007 to 2011 model years, Det.-Sgt. Terry Browne said at a news conference last Friday.
Browne said the homicide suspect is a black male who was wearing a charcoal grey-coloured jacket with a hood, dark clothing and a white shirt or “some type of clothing” protruding from the back of his pants.
Anyone with information about the slaying is asked to call police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Nirmalendran’s 22-year-old brother Nixon was one of two men who were killed in a shooting at Eaton Centre last June.
Police said last week there is no evidence linking the brothers’ deaths, but they have not ruled out the possibility that there may be a connection.
With files from CP24 reporter Jackie Crandles.
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