Police looking for suspects after man shot dead
This screen grab shows police at the scene of a fatal shooting on Emmett Avenue, near Eglinton Avenue West and Jane Street, on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2012 5:52AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 18, 2012 1:38PM EDT
Detectives are hunting for at least one suspect and seeking witnesses after a Mississauga man was gunned down in Toronto's Eglinton Flats neighbourhood Tuesday night.
The victim, identified by police as 42-year-old Clayton Wright, was shot in the chest in a parking lot near soccer fields on Emmett Avenue, near Eglinton Avenue West and Jane Street, at about 9:30 p.m.
Wright had just walked away from one of the soccer pitches after participating in a weekly pickup game involving about 20 people, said Det. Sgt. Wayne Banks of the homicide squad.
Most of the other players were making their way towards the parking lot when Wright was shot, he said.
Vehicles were seen leaving the parking lot, but it's not known if the shooter was in one of them, Banks said.
Officers performed CPR on Wright before paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
No one has been arrested and police have not released a description of the suspect or suspects.
Slaying not gang related, police say
Investigators are still attempting to confirm a motive for the shooting, but they have no evidence to suggest the slaying is gang related and there is no indication people should be worried about retaliatory violence, Banks said.
It's too early in the investigation to determine if the shooting was a random or targeted killing, he said.
"We believe on the information that we have that this is an isolated incident," Banks said at a news conference.
Banks said Wright was not known to Toronto police and he did not have a criminal record.
After the shooting, about a dozen people who played in the soccer game stuck around to speak to police about what they saw. Police believe witnesses left the scene before officers arrived, so investigators want to speak to those people to learn more about what happened and to learn more about the shooter.
About 20 to 25 people may have been present in the area at the time, Banks said.
Victim was self-employed
Police are also attempting to learn more about the victim.
Wright lived in Mississauga but had a connection to a Toronto address and was self-employed, said Banks, who would not reveal the man's occupation.
It's not known if he was married or if he had children.
Wright's parents live in Jamaica and were planning to visit their son and others in August.
“Unfortunately, now they have to come to Toronto to bury their son and learn about the death of their son," Banks said.
Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call police at 416-808-7411 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Wright is the third person to be fatally shot in Toronto this week, and Toronto's 29th homicide victim of 2012.
On Monday night, two people - 14-year-old Shyanne Charles and 23-year-old Joshua Yasay - were shot dead and more than 20 were wounded in a shootout at a community barbecue on Danzig Street in a Scarborough neighbourhood.
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