A regular Saturday night ended in violence for patrons of a late-night Chinese restaurant when shots fired, outside, left two men dead and three injured.
Toronto Police are appealing to the public for any information or videos to establish a motive for the shooting.
“Investigators are attempting to establish a time line for the two deceased victims in order to determine a motive for the shooting,” said Homicide Staff Inspector Greg McLane, appealing for witnesses, including taxi drivers in the area, to help understand events before the shooting.
The shooting took place in front of the New Ho King Restaurant, on Spadina Ave. near Nassau St., around three in the morning on Sunday, January 31.
“When the dust settled, and when responding officers were able to neutralize the scene, it was determined that two persons died as a result of gunshot wounds and three others were injured,” said McLane.
The two victims of the shooting have been identified as 26-year-old David Eminess and 29-year-old Quinn Taylor.
The Staff Inspector said that, according to their information, Eminess, Taylor and the man who accompanied them had no affiliations with any sort of street gang. The other two injured were simply bystanders.
“One possibility would be… there has been some altercation, words spoken… not saying that is what it is but it is entirely possible, something has led to this and the shooter has jumped from zero to a thousand and there is very low tolerance and he has pulled his weapon and he has killed these two young men,” he said, noting that witnesses can help piece that together for investigators.
“We are asking anyone who either saw what happened, or who were with these two men during the hours that led up to the shooting, to come forward and speak to investigators. Your information will be of great assistance to the investigation and establish what precipitated the murder,” said McLane, who said cellphone and dashcam video would be of great assistance.
“Experience has indicated to us that individuals who are witnesses to such events, may (have) captured information on their cell phones or their dash cameras. We ask that those individuals contact us and share that footage with us. It is not uncommon for this type of data to lead to the arrest and/or conviction of an offender responsible for a homicide,” he said.
Police are also looking to speak to patrons of the restaurant from that morning, and asking businesses along Spadina Avenue to review their security footage from that night.
The Staff Inspector added that detectives were already poring over video footage and think they will be able to release a description of the suspect to the public soon and that additional video and the public’s help would assist greatly.
“We seek and require the assistance of the public to solve violent crime. This type of behaviour erodes the public’s perception of safety where they live, work and play,” said McLane.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police 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.