Toronto

Man shot to death in residential building in downtown Toronto

A man was found dead of a gunshot wound in the hallway of a residential building in downtown Toronto early Sunday, police say.

Police say the victim, shot in the head, was found in a hallway in an Adelaide Street East building

Toronto police vehicles are parked outside of a building downtown where a man was shot to death in a hallway early Sunday. (Gwen Gray/CBC)

A man was found dead of a gunshot wound in the hallway of a residential building in downtown Toronto early Sunday, police say.

Officers were called to the scene at 501 Adelaide Street East near Parliament Street shortly after 2 a.m. Residents reported hearing a couple of gunshots.

The man was found lying in a pool of blood in the hallway on the fourth floor, according to Staff Sgt. Dan Hoffmeyer of Toronto Police Service's 51 Division. The victim had been shot in the head, Hoffmeyer added.

"The wounds were grievous in nature," he said.

Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene, James Burgin, deputy commander for Toronto Paramedic Services, said on Sunday.

Toronto police say they are guarding a car of interest after the fatal shooting. (Gwen Gray/CBC)

Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation.

Hoffmeyer said officers have been guarding a vehicle of interest that is believed to belong to the victim and it will be investigated. 

Officers are also searching for security camera video and appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The man's name and age have not been released. 

Police described the suspect as a white man who was wearing dark clothing at the time.

Anyone with information is urged to call Toronto police at (416) 808-5100.