Sniper Sought in 2015 Homicide

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:48 p.m. April 19, 2016

A Scarborough man was fatally murdered in his Scarborough driveway last October by a sniper.

Man standing on the deck next to a body of water, holding a mobile phone in one hand and an umbrella in the other
Clinton Yow Foo, 37

Detective Sergeant Tam Bui made the disclosure at a news conference at police headquarters on April 19.

On Thursday October 1, 2015, just after 2 a.m., police received a call to attend a residence in the Kingston and Ellesmere Rds. Area.

The victim, 37-year-old Clinton Yow Foo, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Our investigation has revealed that the shot came from a high-powered rifle and we believe he was shot by a sniper,” said Bui.

“…This was a shot that was made at a considerable distance, it was made at night and in the dark, it was windy and Clinton was on the move when he was shot. I believe that this person has some considerable skill and training.”

The rifle, a Browning BLR 300 short magnum with lever action, fitted with a Bushnell high-definition scope and a unique champion 13 x 22 bipod mounted in the front, was located in an expanded crime scene.

A lever action rifle, fitted with a scope and a bipod mount
Rifle used in the homicide

“My hope is that the media coverage and social media coverage, along with some crowdsourcing, will help someone remember this unique piece of kit,” Bui noted.

“…I know that this rifle has a connection to the Montreal area, but I can’t go into the detail. We believe the sniper might have some connection to Quebec or Montreal.”

Bui said homicide investigators also learnt that Foo Yow had some unaccounted travel.

“His family believed him to be out of the country in 2015 but, working with the Canadian Border Service Agency and Interpol, we know this is not the case,” he added.

“Based on information and an image, we believe he was in St. John’s, Newfoundland in July 2015 in the months leading up to his death. Working with our counterparts at the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, we believe he was at a music festival. We are looking to identify a person or people he was with if he was there.”

Large group of people standing on the street at night, gathered around a stage during a music performance.
Photo from a street festival in St. John's Newfoundland

Foo Yow was found by a friend, lying on his driveway, on the night of the shooting.

Police have since lost contact with the friend.

“We can’t locate him through his family or last-known address.” said Bui.

“There are some additional questions we would like to ask him and we are asking him to come forward and talk to police. Our investigation has also uncovered that Clinton was on the phone with someone who was out of the country and, we believe, based on the timing and cell phone records, that Clinton was actually on the phone while he was shot. We are trying to identify the person who was speaking to Clinton from outside of Canada. For lack of a better description, that person is an eyewitness to this murder and we would like to speak to them and learn from them what they know, if anything, what Clinton was doing that night, who he might have been meeting with, and what he was talking about when he was killed.”

Bui said Foo Yow was the subject of a Durham Regional Police gun and gang investigation in 2009.

“We believe that he had connections to organized crime,” he said.

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.

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