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Highly trained sniper in Toronto murder linked to Montreal

Police believe a highly trained sniper who shot and killed a Toronto man in his driveway last fall may be in Montreal.

Rifle used to kill Clinton Yow Foo in Toronto in October 2015 has connection to Montreal, investigators say

Toronto police say this rifle was used to shoot Clinton Yow Foo from a distance on Oct. 1, 2015. (Toronto Police Service)

Police believe a highly trained sniper who shot and killed a Toronto man in his driveway last fall may be in Montreal.

Clinton Yow Foo, 37, was shot and killed with a high-powered rifle while talking on his cellphone in his driveway in Scarborough on Oct. 1, 2015.

Investigators say Yow Foo was connected to organized crime.

Toronto police Det. Sgt. Tam Bui said Tuesday that investigators recovered the weapon "a considerable distance away" from the site of Yow Foo's body, following a search by canine units and a police drone.

Clinton Elliot Yow Foo, 37, was shot outside an address near Kingston Road and Ellesmere Road on Oct. 1, 2015. (Toronto Police)
"I know that this rifle has a connection to the Montreal area. I cannot go into detail as to how we know that. We believe that this sniper might have a connection to Quebec and to Montreal,"  Bui told a news conference.

Bui described the weapon as "a unique piece of kit" — a Browning BLR short magnum lever-action model with a Bushnell scope and a bipod.

Sniper with 'considerable skill'

The murder seems to have been well-planned and he believes Yow Foo was shot from a distance of about 180 metres, Bui said.

"This was a shot that was made at a considerable distance. It was made at night in the dark. It was windy, and Clinton was on the move when he was shot," Bui said.

"I believe that this person has some considerable skill or some training."

Investigators are hoping to get information from anyone who may have seen the rifle being used at a firing range before the shooting.

Toronto police are promoting the hashtag "#catchthesniper to solicit tips from social media.