A suspect has been identified in the shooting of a 27-year old Toronto man on April 2.
Julian Weekes, 27 was found lying on the sidewalk near Parliament and Richmond Sts. around 2 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after emergency medical personnel arrived.
Michael Teddy Gibson, 29, is wanted for first degree murder.
At a news conference at police headquarters on April 11, Detective Sergeant Michael Patterson said the shooting occurred outside the Fuse Bar at 366 Queen St. E.
“It was Julian’s blood that brought us back to this area,” he said. “Through partners in the Regent Park community, numerous witnesses that have spoken to us and very high quality surveillance video, we were able to identify the suspect as the person responsible for shooting and killing Julian Weekes.”
Noting that the suspect is considered armed and dangerous, Patterson is urging members of the public to call 9-1-1 immediately if they see him.
He also spoke directly to Gibson.
“Do the right thing,” said Patterson. “Speak to your lawyer and turn yourself in to the nearest police station.”
Patterson said police learned through the investigation that Weekes and Gibson were known to each other.
“It would appear that Weekes didn’t feel Gibson was a threat,” he added. “We also know that there were witnesses to this murder that have yet to come forward to police. I am encouraging you at this time to come forward and talk to us.”
Patterson said the investigation is ongoing.
Inspector Dave Rydzik, of 51 Division, thanked members of the Regent Park community for helping homicide investigators identify the suspect.
“We have had numerous meetings with community partners and members of the community who really took this homicide very hard,” he said. “In Regent Park, we have been working very closely with our community partners in the last several years to create some relationships in order to stem some of the violence. It’s unfortunate this had to take place.”
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.