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Toronto rapper Top5 wanted for upgraded charge of 1st-degree murder

Toronto police have upgraded the charges against Toronto-based rapper Top5 to first-degree murder in connection with a North York shooting in January that left a 20-year-old man dead. 

Hassan Ali, 22, wanted in connection with fatal North York shooting in January

Hassan Ali, 22, better known by his rap moniker Top5, is wanted for first-degree murder in connection with a North York shooting in January that left 20-year-old Hashim Omar Hashi dead. (Toronto Police Service)

Toronto police have upgraded the charges against Toronto-based rapper Top5 to first-degree murder in connection with a North York shooting in January that left a 20-year-old man dead. 

On the night of Jan. 31, police said they responded to reports of shots fired near Jane Street and Falstaff Avenue.

Officers said Hashim Omar Hashi, 20, was shot multiple times in his vehicle while trying to enter a parking garage. He died at the scene. 

Hassan Ali, 22, better known by his rap moniker Top5, was one of two men arrested and charged in connection with the shooting about two weeks later.

Hashim Omar Hashi, 20, described as 'humble, kind and hardworking,' was gunned down on Jan. 31 while he was in his vehicle. (GoFundMe)

Ali was originally charged with accessory after the fact to murder, two counts of failing to comply with probation, as well as three drug-related offences.

In a news release issued Thursday evening, police said charges against Ali have been upgraded and he is now wanted for first-degree murder and three counts of failure to comply with recognizance. 

Police allege accused cut off ankle bracelet

Ali was released from custody in March and was living under house arrest with an electric ankle monitor that tracks his whereabouts, police say. 

Investigators now allege he cut off his ankle bracelet and ditched it in the Highway 400 and Black Creek area on Thursday, according to a police official who spoke to CBC Toronto on Friday.

Ali has not been seen since and officers are appealing for help from the public in locating him. 

"He is believed to be violent and dangerous. Do not approach. Call 911 immediately," Thursday's release reads. 

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

With files from Ali Chiasson

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