Homicide investigators have released images of a suspect vehicle alleged to have been involved in the city’s latest homicide.
On Monday, May 7, at around 11.55 a.m., officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision in the area of Kipling Ave. and Longfield Rd.
“Upon arrival, the vehicle was located on the front lawn of a residential property,” said Homicide Det. Leslie Dunkley, at a press conference at police headquarters on May 11. “Paramedics attended to the driver whose vital signs were absent and quickly identified that his injuries were more consistent with gunshot wounds than a collision.”
Christopher Reid, 38, of the Greater Toronto Area, succumbed to his injuries in hospital on May 10.
Dunkley said the suspect vehicle is believed to be a late-model, 2008 or newer, four-door white BMW Crossover vehicle.
“From what we can tell from the review of the video surveillance footage and information from witnesses so far, it appears there was one occupant in the suspect vehicle,” said Dunkley.
He said both vehicles travelled eastbound from the 427/401 area of Eglinton Ave. W. in tandem, with the victim vehicle trailing 12-to-14 seconds behind. They both turned right onto Lloyd Manor Road, proceeding southbound to Longfield Rd.
“A short time later, the suspect’s vehicle came to a stop and the victim vehicle pulled up alongside, in the middle of the road, at which time the occupant of the suspect vehicle opened fire, striking the victim who was still seated in his car,” Dunkley pointed out.
After the shooting, the victim’s vehicle continued eastbound on Longfield Rd. for about 150 metres, jumping the curb before coming to a stop on the lawn of a corner house at Stanthorpe Court.
“The suspect’s vehicle followed, then fled the scene eastbound on Longfield Rd., then southbound on Kipling Ave,” added Dunkley. “…As part of our investigation, we will continue to speak to registered owners of BMW Crossover vehicles matching the description of our suspect vehicle.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at416-808-7400, or to give a tip to Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).