With the public’s help, Toronto Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a double homicide in Chinatown in the early hours of January 31.
Quinn Taylor, 29, and David Eminess, 26, were killed when shots were fired outside the New Ho King restaurant onSpadina Ave., near Nassau Ave., after 3 a.m.
Eminess died on the scene and Taylor succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
The deceased were in the company of a friend who, along with two other innocent bystanders, was wounded in the shooting. They were treated for their injuries and released from hospital.
At a press conference at police headquarters on February 12, Chief Mark Saunders said 25-year-old Kyle Sparks-MacKinnon, of Toronto, was arrested without incident a day earlier.
He is charged with two counts of Second-Degree Murder and three counts of Attempt Murder.
“Investigators are still trying to compile information that will provide a motive for the homicides,” said Saunders. “We are not sure if this event is gang-related.”
Saunders said the release of security camera images earlier in the week, along with tips from the public, led to the arrest.
“It is abundantly clear to me that, in order to be successful in the reduction of crime, the police require the support of the public,” he said. “We have proven so many times that we can be effective in the reduction of these violent crimes when we join hands with the public and work together. This investigation is a prime example of just that.”
The city’s top cop said the investigation is ongoing.
“We will continue to reach out to members of the public and ask them to continue to come forward if they have information on this case,” he said. “Your information is extremely valuable. I will ask the public to review the security camera images that have been released and contact Homicide with any information you may have about the individuals depicted (in the security camera images released earlier in the week).”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Mike Carbone at (416) 808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.