Suspects Sought in Shooting Murder

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 3:44 p.m. April 4, 2014
Updated: 3:45 p.m. April 4, 2014

A 25-year-old man is dead and police are looking for suspects in an early morning shooting downtown.

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The corner intersection of Carlton and Parliament streets is closed as police investigate a shooting

Rapper Shmar Parris was fatally shot during the early hours of April 4.

Parris, found slumped in the driver’s seat of the bullet-riddled car at  Carlton and Parliament Sts., died later in hospital.

Homicide Detective Sergeant Steve Ryan said Parris was known to police and the attack was not random.

“It certainly was targeted in my view,” he said. “…There are several bullet holes in that car and it’s a pretty brazen attack, given where we are in the city. Shooting at a moving vehicle, you know, it’s stupid actually.”

Police originally received a call for the sound of gunshots at  Mutual St. and Gerrard St. E. around 2:20 a.m. before the collision was reported at Carlton and Parliament Sts. Investigators believe the incident began at Mutual and Gerrard and ended at Carlton and Parliaments and believe a passenger in Parris' Chevrolet Malibu made her own way to hospital with a non-life-threatening bullet wound.

Investigators are looking for a light-coloured SUV, seen fleeing the area and spotted driving erratically westbound on the Gardiner Expressway. Police believe it may have some damage in its right side.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the homicide squad at 416-808-7400, 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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Forensic officers pore over the scene at Carlton and Parliament Streets
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