Video captures Drake's friend Anthony Soares being gunned down at close range
WARNING: Police video below contains graphic images of Sept. 14 shooting
Toronto police have released security camera footage of a man being shot inside the lobby of a Scarborough highrise apartment building.
Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux, of the Toronto Police Service's homicide squad, said police were called to a building at 6 Glamorgan Ave., near Kennedy Road and Highway 401, at 2:54 a.m. Thursday about reports of a shooting.
Anthony Soares, 33, of Toronto, was shot several times at close range. He was rushed to hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery, but died.
Giroux confirmed that Soares was a friend of celebrated Toronto rapper Drake. He said Soares was in a relationship, the father of a young child. The shooting is not believed to be gang related.
"Certainly, it was very targeted. It was very focused. Certainly, it was overkill," Giroux said.
Giroux told reporters on Tuesday that police have released the security camera images hoping that members of the public can help detectives identify the two men involved in the shooting and determine a motive.
Police also hope the videos will prompt witnesses to come forward.
WARNING: Police video below contains graphic images
Giroux described the images as "disturbing" and said police have told the victim's family that they are being released for investigative purposes.
Security camera footage of the vehicle that took the two unidentified men to the address and picked them up has also been released.
Police said that out of respect for the victim's family, the image of Soares is blurred once the first shot is fired.
Police allege that Soares was a passenger in a car that brought him to the address. He got out of the car and walked into the building's lobby. Soares's friend, the driver of a white Hyundai, has been identified and is co-operating with police.
Police said Soares had takeout food in his hand and was buzzing to get into the building.
Two men, armed with semi-automatic pistols, approached him after arriving at the address in a white Ford Fusion that appears to have heavily tinted windows. The car passed closely by the vehicle that transported Soares.
The men rushed to the lobby's glass windows, shooting Soares several times and emptying their pistols. Bullets shattered the windows. Soares was in the lobby when the men began firing. They continued firing even after he fell to the floor.
At one point, the shooter wearing a burgundy hoodie touches the door frame and then tries to wipe the fingerprints away.
Drake expresses condolences
In one video, the men are seen shooting at the victim.
In another video, the getaway car is seen approaching the building, the shooters are seen running towards it, the car is seen driving back and the two men are seen getting back into the car.
Giroux said the car fled north on Kennedy Road at a high speed toward Highway 401.
Drake expressed his condolences in an Instagram post about Soares: "RIP to one of our family members ... our brother ... I still can't even believe this morning was real. It was a honor to have shared years together and I will always keep your memory alive 😔Forever Fif."
Soares is Toronto's 39th homicide victim of this year.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux at 416-808-7400 ext. 7-7387 or Det. Steve Henkel at 416-808-7400 ext. 7-7412 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).