Murdered On His Doorstep

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 1:19 p.m. March 27, 2014
Updated: 10:18 a.m. March 28, 2014

Homicide investigators are seeking the public’s help in apprehending anyone involved in the murder of a 64-year-old self-employed landscaper.

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Ngoc Ngo, 64, was killed at his home on Symington Ave. March 25

Ngoc Ngo, who resided at  436 Symington Ave., was shot multiple times when he answered his doorbell on March 25 at around 5.45 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ngo’s wife and another family member, who were at the residence at the time of the fatal shooting, were unharmed.

“I have two operating theories (as to why this happened),” said D/Sgt. Pauline Gray at a press conference at police headquarters on March 27. “It’s not a random killing,” she said. “It was targeted by some perceived injustice by a 64-year-old gardener or mistaken identity where the shooter is just plain careless with no regard for anyone else in that home or in the vicinity.”

Witnesses reported seeing several white men fleeing the scene in a dark minivan that was parked on the northwest corner of Kingsley & Perth Aves.

Detective Sergeant Pauline Gray updates the media on the homicide of Ngoc Ngo

One of the men observed leaving the scene is described as white, 5’8” in his early 20s, with a heavy build, brown hair and wearing baggy blue jeans.

“I am asking residents in the area and the general public to turn their minds back to that early evening and see if they have a memory of that van and particularly the driver leaving the scene,” said Gray.

The veteran officer said the deceased was a devoted family man who was well known to area residents.

“I have had unbelievable participation from residents in the area,” Gray added. It’s a tight community and they are quite shaken.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Pauline Gray at 416-808-7400 x77412, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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