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Man charged with 2nd-degree murder after altercation in Downsview

One man is dead and another is charged with second-degree murder following an altercation in the area of Jane Street and Wilson Avenue Wednesday evening.

Emergency crews were called to Jane Street and Wilson Avenue shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday

Police tape surrounds a gas station in the area of Jane Street and Wilson Avenue late Wednesday evening. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

One man is dead and another is charged with second-degree murder following an altercation in the area of Jane Street and Wilson Avenue Wednesday evening.

Emergency crews were called to a gas station at 1500 Wilson Avenue shortly after 9 p.m. for reports of an assault. A number of citizens had called 911 after seeing a fight in an adjacent grassy area, Det. Steve Henkel told CBC Toronto.

Paramedics transported a man to hospital in life-threatening condition, and he died of his injuries. The victim was in his mid-30s.

Henkel said a weapon was used during the fight, but police had yet to find it.

It was with the 911 callers' help that police were able to track down and arrest the accused a short distance away. Henkel said he's a man in his mid-40s, and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police sealed off a large area around the gas station for the investigation. According to Henkel, much of the incident was captured on surveillance cameras and investigators will canvass door-to-door to obtain more footage. They are also appealing to witnesses to come forward.

Bob Ladak, the owner of the gas station, said the station is closed due to blood at the scene. He said he got a call around 9 p.m. about a fight nearby. 

A truck driver delivering gas told the station attendant to call 911, Ladak told reporters early Thursday.

"He saw a person lying on the grass bleeding," Ladak said.