Homicide investigators have discovered three key pieces of evidence linked to the murder of Leonard Pinnock on April 21.
The 33-year-old Hamilton resident, dressed in red at the time, was in the Bowie Ave. and Dufferin St. area to drop off a friend in the early evening when he was murdered.
At a news conference at police headquarters on June 14,, Detective Sergeant Joyce Schertzer said a loaded semi-automatic gun, along with a Black Nike hoodie and a Gucci side pouch, have been recovered nearby the scene of the crime.
On May 25, a video capturing the two suspects was released to the public in an effort to identify them.
One of the offenders could clearly be seen wearing a hooded article of clothing and a side pouch.
While cleaning his backyard on June 13, a Bowie Ave. resident located the hoodie, pouch and a loaded semi-automatic pistol that appeared to be in poor condition. It was, however, fully functional and a round was accidently discharged.
“I want to thank members of this community for their overwhelming cooperation with this investigation,” said Schertzer. “Secondly, and more importantly, on a public safety note, I would like to remind those who may find weapons on their property to not touch the items, no matter how inoperable they appear due to the poor condition they might be in. They pose a great threat to the safety of those handling them.”
Schertzer is appealing for those close to the two suspects to contact police.
“There is no doubt in my mind that those who are familiar with those two individuals know who they are,” she said. “I am asking those friends, family, associates or whomever, to come forward and identify them.”
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.