Homicide investigators are seeking the public’s help identifying four men wanted in an afternoon shooting in a busy mall in the city’s west end.
Just after 5 p.m. on August 31, police received several 9-1-1 calls regarding a shooting at the Sheridan Mall parking lot at 1700 Wilson Ave.
When officers arrived on the scene, they were directed to an area inside the mall where they found the lifeless body of a young man.
“The man was observed to have several gunshot wounds to his body,” Detective Sergeant Mike Carbone said at a press conference at 31 Division on September 1. “The officers from 31 Division and the members of the Toronto Paramedic Services attempted to revive the victim, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The deceased has been identified as Jovane Clarke, 22, of Toronto.
Carbone said Clarke drove to the mall and parked at the south-side parking lot.
“Shortly after arriving, he was approached by four individuals,” Carbone said. “At least two of the individuals commenced shooting and chasing the deceased north, towards one of the mall entrances. At this point, only one of two of these individuals chase the deceased into the mall. The offender continued to fire at the victim while they were in the mall. The victim was struck several times and succumbed to his injuries.
“…With the information we have at this point, it does look as if he was targeted as he exited the vehicle. We have a great deal of surveillance video to review.”
Carbone said police are looking for four black males in their mid-20s who were wearing dark clothing.
The mall and parking lot were filled with shoppers at the time of the deadly shooting.
“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area and may have captured the shooting with cell-phone cameras or with their in-car dashboard camera to come forward,” said Carbone.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide 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.