Police ID boy killed in 'brazen' daylight shooting in Scarborough
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Tuesday, January 21, 2020 11:44AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:42PM EST
Police have identified a teenage boy killed in a “brazen” daylight shooting steps away from a Scarborough high school on Monday afternoon.
Police say classes at Woburn Collegiate Institute had just let out for the day when 15-year-old Safiullah Khosrawi, a student at the school, was shot at the nearby intersection of Markham and Ellesmere roads at around 3:10 p.m.
Khosrawi was rushed to hospital via emergency run but later died.
Police allege he was shot by a fellow student of the school, a 15-year-old who boy who was arrested a short time after the incident.
The accused, who has now been charged with second-degree murder, cannot be identified under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Det.-Sgt. Andy Singh told reporters that there was “significant” pedestrian traffic in the area at the time of the shooting.
“As this unfolded, after the gunshots went off, people were running everywhere… It is quite a traumatic thing,” Singh said. “Many of these witnesses have yet to come forward.”
Singh urged anyone who was in the area at the time to reach out to investigators.
Speaking to CP24 on Tuesday, the victim’s father suggested that there may have been a third person involved in the altercation but police say at this time, they have no evidence to indicate that there is second suspect.
“The area, thousands of kids going and coming. It’s very crowded, many people were around,” Khosrawi’s father said, adding that there are many details about his son’s death that are not clear.
“Which part of his body is hit? His head, or his heart, or his stomach? I don’t know. Nobody’s shown us,” the boy’s father said.
The victim’s brother told CP24 he was at work when he learned the terrible news.
“I couldn’t believe it. I just ran straight to the office, took off my vest, took off my gear, and just ran right to my car. I couldn’t even breathe properly,” he said.
Singh said it is too early to say whether the shooting was “targeted” but noted that there is nothing in the victim’s past to indicate why he may have been subjected to this type of violence.
“We have spoken to his family and they have described him as a very nice, quiet young man who attended school on a regular basis,” Singh said. “They are complete distraught and shocked at the loss of their son.”
Singh also said that so far, there is no evidence to suggest that the two teens were acquainted.
Singh added that while the victim was not known to police, investigators have determined that the accused has some ties to gang activity.
“It is unclear if that has played into this incident,” Singh said.
In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, Mayor John Tory said that Khosrawi's death is “tragic and completely unacceptable.”
Tory added that the “tragedy is deepened” with news that another teen boy has been charged with murder in the case.
“I extend my condolences to Safiullah Khosrawi's family and I want them to know the entire city feels this loss,” he said.