Man, 40, slain outside HomeSense store north of Toronto
Police to ID all people leaving area
Dozens of police officers are combing the scene of a fatal shooting that occurred in the parking lot of a busy shopping plaza north of Toronto.
The shooting happened late Sunday afternoon, outside a HomeSense store at Weston Road and Highway 7 in Woodbridge. York Regional Police say they were called to the scene at about 4:30 p.m.
The HomeSense website indicates that the store is located within the so-called Colossus Power Centre. The address of the store is 7575 Weston Rd., Unit 112.
By the time first responders had reached the scene, the man wasn’t breathing and he had no pulse.
The victim was transported to a Toronto hospital, where police say he succumbed to his injuries.
On Sunday evening, Const. Andy Pattenden told reporters that the victim was a 40-year-old man.
"We’re still awaiting next-of-kin notification for further information to be released," he said.
Pattenden confirmed that multiple shots had been fired, but he was unable to provide reporters with a precise count. He said it is too soon to say whether or not the shooting was targeted.
A grey car was seen leaving the scene before police arrived, according to a news release issued Sunday evening. Police are now trying to locate that vehicle.
There was no immediate information about a suspect or suspects. Police are expected to update the media later this evening.
Police have tweeted that "officers will be ID’ing everyone leaving the area" for the next several hours.
Pattenden said that police have been canvassing local businesses and trying to collect any relevant surveillance video from the area.
While police believe they have spoken to many of the people who were present when the shooting occurred, Pattenden said investigators would like to speak with those who may have left the area before talking to investigators.
With a report from the CBC's Charlsie Agro