Police looking for two suspects after Yorkdale shooting
Joshua Freeman, Chris Kitching and Sandie Benitah, CP24.com
Published Saturday, May 11, 2013 3:25AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:14PM EDT
Police are looking for two suspects after a man was shot and wounded at Yorkdale Shopping Centre overnight Saturday in the mall’s second shooting incident in less than two months.
Police say a man was wounded when shots were fired through a window of a restaurant packed with customers.
According to police, the victim was dining inside Joey Yorkdale when at least one suspect, who was outside, approached the window and fired shots into the crowded restaurant just after midnight.
The suspect opened fire after exiting a vehicle that pulled up in front of the restaurant, Toronto police Det. David Zajac told CP24.
Investigators also believe the victim, who is in his 20's, was the intended target, police said.
He was rushed to a trauma centre, where he is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds to the lower half of his body, Zajac said.
The man's injuries are not life-threatening.
Police say even though the restaurant was busy, only one person was injured in the shooting.
After the shooting, the suspect or suspects fled in a vehicle.
Police released descriptions of two suspects Saturday evening.
The first suspect is described as a male with a medium build, standing five-foot-10 to six feet tall. He was last seen wearing black pants and a jacket that was black on top and red on the bottom.
The second suspect is described as a male with a medium build, standing five-foot-10 to six feet tall. He was wearing a grey hoodie and light coloured pants.
Police are also looking for a current model Honda CRV that is silver in colour and was last seen heading east on Yorkdale Road towards Allen Road.
As police analyzed evidence at the scene, a restaurant window was marked with several bullet holes, and several shell casings were found on the ground outside.
Officers are reviewing surveillance video from the mall's cameras.
The shopping centre itself was closed when the violent incident occurred.
Despite the shooting, Yorkdale Shopping Centre was open for regular business hours Saturday, but Joey Yorkdale is closed until further notice as police conduct an investigation at the scene, the mall said in a written statement.
The mall is urging people to call police or Crime Stoppers if they have information about the shooting.
“Like all Torontonians, we are concerned about gun violence and saddened when such incidents occur in our city,” the mall said in the statement. “We are co-operating with police and want to thank Toronto Police Service and emergency services for their rapid response.
March homicide still unsolved
This is the second time in less than two months that gunshots have been fired at the mall. Investigators are looking into a possible connection between the two shootings, Zajac told CP24 reporter Jackie Crandles.
Michael Nguyen, 23, was fatally shot and a second man was wounded in a double shooting outside the mall March 30.
Police previously said they are looking for at least two suspects in the targeted, execution-style shooting.
Nguyen was shot as he approached a parked car, but he managed to run several metres before he collapsed. He was then shot again several times at point-blank range.
Both victims were connected to a street gang, and the shooting is believed to be linked to gang activity, police said previously.
With files from CP24 reporter Jackie Crandles.
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