Chief Mark Saunders made an appeal for witnesses to come forward after two people were killed in two separate shootings minutes apart on August 4.
Gunfire erupted on the patio of Muzik nightclub around 3.20 a.m. Minutes later, while officers were responding to that scene, more shots rang out on Dufferin St., just north of the Dufferin Gate.
Duval Hibbert, 23, of Brampton, was pronounced dead on the nightclub’s patio. Three other people suffered gunshot injuries and two of them remain in hospital with serious injuries.
Ariella Navarro-Fenoy, 26, was walking away from the club with friends a few minutes later when she was struck by a bullet fired during an altercation between several people.
At a news conference at police headquarters on August 11, Chief Mark Saunders said an appeal for videos and pictures from club patrons has yielded few leads.
“Only a few of the thousands of people in the club and immediate area have contacted investigators,” he noted. “…The reason why I am here is that we have thousands of people who were present and, out of those thousands, we don’t have that cooperation. Whenever we try to solve homicides, it’s not just the law enforcement that makes these outcomes to be successful…. If people do not assist with investigations, it encourages those that decide to bring guns to locations to use them.”
Saunders added that the shooting scenes at Muzik and at the Dufferin Gate are forensically linked.
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He also released descriptions of two suspects in the two shootings.
The Muzik nightclub shooter is described as a black man, about 6’1”, 25-26 years with a fresh buzz cut. It’s alleged he was wearing a light-purple crewneck sweater with a colourful design on the front and dark-blue jeans.
The suspect in the Dufferin Gate shooting is described as man with brown skin, about 5’10”-5’11”, between 24 and 28, with a yellow/burgundy plaid button-up shirt.
Saunders also provided an update on the August 9 fatal shooting of 27-year-old Kabil Abdulkhadir in the vicinity of Bay and Dundas Sts.
“In this investigation, there is a high level of cooperation and we are moving the investigation in a rapid manner,” he pointed out. “It’s still not over yet, but the level of success is dynamically different.”
He said the public have a role to play in keeping the city safe.
“Toronto is one of the best cities because we do have a relationship with the community and we are asking people to continue that relationship so that we can solve crimes. It’s a together factor. It’s not just up to law enforcement. We need witnesses, we need people to come forward and, when that happens, we have great outcomes.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide 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.