A chance meeting between two men, bearing grudges, ended in a double homicide.
At a press conference at police headquarters on April 30, investigators revealed that Jonathan Khan, 21, and Shawn Chestnut-Reddick, 22, fatally shot each other after a fistfight escalated to gun violence on a sidewalk near 2215 Danforth Ave., on March 19, around 8.45 p.m.
Detective Shawn Mahoney said the deceased were known to each other, they travelled in the same circle and they had mutual acquaintances.
“They had an unintentional meeting on the night of March 19,” he said. “They quarrelled and then started a physical altercation. Then, both parties drew firearms and fired at each other. Although it was a chance meeting, both parties were the intended target of the other’s shooting. They had a pre-existing conflict and this may have sparked the shooting.”
Investigators were unable to determine who fired the first shot.
Chestnut-Reddick suffered three gunshot wounds while Khan was shot seven times.
Mahoney thanked residents in the Danforth & Woodbine Aves. for their assistance.
“As a result of their participation, including providing surveillance footage, the investigation was completed in a timely manner,” he added.
Police recovered a gun under Khan’s body, while a third party, not involved in the dispute, removed the other weapon and fled the scene.
This is the subject of a separate investigation.
“I don’t want to speak about that right now, but it’s still under investigation,” was Mahoney’s response as to what charges the third party is facing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Shawn Mahoney at 416-808-7400; Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).