The man accused in a deadly shooting that occurred in a crowded food court at Toronto’s Eaton Centre now faces a second murder charge.

Christopher Husbands, 23, appeared in a Toronto court on Wednesday afternoon, to face an upgraded charge after the death of a second victim in the Eaton Centre shooting.

Husbands is now charged with two counts of first-degree murder, five counts of attempted murder and one of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.


Nixon Nirmalendran, seen in this photo taken in 2007, was fatally wounded in the June 2 shooting at the Eaton Centre. He died on June 11.

Twenty-two-year-old Nixon Nirmalendran, of Toronto, died Monday.

Nirmalendran had not been identified in previous news reports because of a court-ordered publication ban on the identification of victims and witnesses to the shootings. However, the ban does not apply to deceased victims.

Nirmalendran was among six people wounded in the June 2 shooting which took place in the food court of the multi-level shopping mall.  

The incident also killed Ahmed Hassan, 24, who died of gunshot wounds at the scene.


Ahmed Hassan, 24, was killed in the shooting that occurred at the Eaton Centre on June 2, 2012. (Toronto police)

Police have said their investigation suggests the shooting was a targeted one.

Officials had said earlier that Husbands, Hassan and Nirmalendran all belonged to the same gang.

But police have also said they believe the shooting was the result of a personal dispute and was not gang-motivated.

Husbands was under house arrest for a previous charge at the time of the shootings, police said.

The incident sparked mass panic at the centre packed with Saturday shoppers and a widespread manhunt for the shooter. Husbands turned himself in to police two days later.

Investigators are still asking anyone with information on the shooting who hasn't already contacted police to do so.

With files from CBC News