Man killed in Regent Park drive-by shooting ID'd as Lemard Champagnie
Toronto police calling on witnesses for information about suspects leaving the scene in a dark SUV
Police have identified a man killed in a drive-by shooting in Regent Park as Lemard Champagnie.
The 30-year-old Toronto resident was taken to a trauma centre with multiple gunshot wounds Sunday night, but was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.
Toronto police said Monday afternoon that occupants of a black SUV driving northbound on Regent Street opened fire on Champagnie before turning eastbound onto Cole Street and southbound on Sackville Street.
Police said the assailants also shot at another victim in the area, who managed to escape injury by fleeing into a nearby unlocked home.
Det. Andy Singh said police believe the shooting was targeted and that there was a relationship between the two victims, but have not yet confirmed these details.
Police urge more witnesses to come forward, saying they believe people out enjoying the nice weather may have seen the shooting or the fleeing vehicle.
"Canada Day long weekend — a lot of people were off," Singh said.
"We think there was a lot of people on their balconies that might have seen the events transpire," he added. "No information is that small."
Bullets sprayed nearby properties, puncturing car windows and neighbouring homes.
It was lucky nobody was injured, Singh said. "With bullets, they ricochet and they do funny things," he added.
"I'm afraid because I have two children," said Regent Park resident Anny Alco, who mistook the gunshots for fireworks until she saw police arrive.
At least 10 shell casings were found at the scene.
"I was napping and was woken by something that sounded like explosions," said Christopher Stathousis, who lives at the intersection.
"I am surprised. It's a pretty calm neighbourhood," he said.
Suze Morrison, 29, said Monday that she and her husband, Trevor Morey, 30, were driving home from a movie when they saw Champagnie lying on the sidewalk at the corner of Regent and Cole Streets around 9 p.m.
She would like his family to know that she and her husband tried to save him.
Morrison said she called 911 and she and her husband began to perform CPR. Within minutes, Toronto firefighters from a nearby station arrived followed by other emergency services crews.
"We were with their family member at the end and we tried," Morrison told CBC Toronto. "If it were me, and I had lost someone, I would want to know that someone was there and had fought for them. I would want to make that connection."
Morrison said that neither she nor her husband initially realized the man had been shot until they saw his chest, which was covered by shirt with three or four circular blood stains.
"It's definitely been a traumatic night for us," she said. "We really didn't get a lot of sleep. It's definitely sad; we're still processing."