Police hunt for three suspects in homicide investigation

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:26 p.m. March 31, 2014
Updated: 5:25 p.m. April 1, 2014

Homicide investigators have recovered a firearm found in close proximity to a murder scene a year ago in the Yorkdale Mall parking lot.

Police investigator speaks to the media at a press conference
Detective Rob North, TPS Homicide

They also believe there were at least three shooters who converged on the mall’s west parking lot and fatally shot 23-year-old Michael Nguyen as he and an associate were returning to their vehicle after shopping in the mall.

The 24-year-old associate was injured in the shooting.

At a press conference at police headquarters on March 31, Det. Rob North provided brief descriptions of the suspects.

One man is described by witnesses as mixed-race Asian, approximately 25, 5’8”-5’10”, with a medium-to-heavy build and short hair, while a second male suspect is light-skinned, possibly of Persian or Middle Eastern descent, in his 20s.

The third person is a man described as Asian in his 20s with medium height and a medium-to-heavy build.

“These men were dressed predominantly in black and the first man’s face was partially covered,” said North.

Who Killed Michael Nguyen at Yorkdale Mall? @TPSHomicide #15/2013 | Det. Rob North

He added that the weapon has been forensically tested and is in police possession.

“I am not prepared to speculate who was in possession of this firearm,” North said.

A number of motor vehicles were parked in the crime scene area at the time of the Saturday-night shooting. After viewing hundreds of hours of CCTV footage and working with General Motors, investigators have identified a vehicle of interest.

“It’s a silver 2004-2007, four-door, Chevrolet Malibu Maxx and it’s very similar to the Malibu except it’s a hatchback,” North pointed out. “Investigators have spoken to many owners of this model vehicle. I would request that if you own or possess this type of vehicle and it was in the city of Toronto on March 30, 2013 and we have not reached out to you, please contact Homicide.

North is also appealing to patrons who were in and around the mall at the time of the shooting and may have some information to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the homicide squad at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, 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.

Photograph of a Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
Vehicle of interest in Homicide #15/2013, a Chevrolet Malibu Maxx
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