Gunman on Video

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:23 p.m. September 20, 2017

Homicide investigators are seeking the public’s help identifying the suspect responsible for the murder of real estate broker Simon Giannini.

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A suspect in a shooting murder at Michael's restaurant on Pearl St. Investigators note that the security video shows the hooded sweatshirt is darker than it appears on video

The father of two was dining in downtown Toronto with a friend on the evening of Saturday, September 16, when the suspect walked into the restaurant and shot him.

After the shooting, the suspect fled the restaurant and ran southbound on Simcoe St. to Pearl St.

“Once at Pearl St., the suspect entered a light-coloured SUV, which fled southbound,” Detective Shannon Dawson said, at a news conference at police headquarters on September 20.

Video of a suspect in the murder of Simon Giannini entering and exiting Michael's On Simcoe restaurant. The hooded sweatshirt is darker than it appears on video

Giannini was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The cause of death was gunshot wounds to the torso.

Dawson thanked members of the public for coming forward and providing police with valuable information.

“I also want to thank the business community who have been so co-operative and provided video and assistance,” she added. “Despite all the information that has been forthcoming, we are looking to the community to continue to assist us with this investigation.”

Security camera  footage capturing the suspect and the vehicle he fled in were released at the press conference.

Witnesses describe the suspect as a black man with a medium build. The jacket he was wearing has a distinctive emblem.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, 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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