Toronto man shot dead had faced robbery, weapons charges
A man shot dead in Toronto's west end on the holiday weekend had previously faced robbery and weapons charges, with some of his acquaintances suggesting Tuesday that he held gang ties.
Toronto police have identified Christopher Kotsopoulos, 26, as the man who was shot on Monday outside a public housing complex on Swansea Mews, near Windermere Avenue and The Queensway.
Police had been called to investigate a report of an assault in progress, but when they got to the scene they heard shots being fired nearby and were soon dealing with a homicide.
According to a news release, Kotsopoulos was found with "an obvious gunshot wound to the chest" before he was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police say they intend to update the media on their investigation on Wednesday. But the day after Kotsopoulos was killed, they would not say whether his death was a gang-related hit.
In 2009, Kotsopoulos was charged in connection with a bank robbery on Danforth Avenue. Two years later, he faced weapons charges and a charge of mischief endangering life.
Two young women who knew him said that Kotsopoulos was well-known to people in his neighbourhood by a street name, C-Dog.
"It's sad that, you know, he had to get his life taken away like that, but then again…when you want to live that lifestyle, you've got to expect what’s going to happen," Casandra Mason told CBC News in an interview.
Iain Gerrard was sitting in his living room across the street when he heard at least three shots fired.
He ran outside after hearing the gunshots.
"The cops were yelling at me to get back in the apartment and you know, the guy was walking around with a shotgun and stuff like that," Gerrard told CBC News.
Swansea Mews is home to a Toronto Community Housing low-rise apartment complex.
The board chair and the CEO of the housing provider issued a joint statement Tuesday saying they were "troubled and saddened by last night's shooting on Swansea Mews."
The statement said TCH it is turning over footage from its security cameras to police.
The same night Kotsopoulos was killed, Insp. Tim Crone told reporters that police were seeking at least one suspect.
Police are looking to speak with any witnesses. Those with information are asked to contact investigators at 416-808-7412, or to call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.
With reports from the CBC's Travis Dhanraj