A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in a homicide two years ago.
On Sunday, September 11, 2016, 26-year-old Kiesingar Gunn was shot to death in front of the Forty2 Supperclub at 42 Mowat Ave.in Liberty Village.
Investigators don’t believe the victim – a father of four young children – was the intended target. He was at the club with family and friends for a birthday party.
At a news conference at police headquarters on September 11, Detective Leslie Dunkley said there were nearly 200 patrons at the club when the shooting took place.
“Kiesingar left this location with his family, got into his vehicle and proceeded to leave, at which time he observed an altercation taking place amongst a group,” said Dunkley. “He recognized one of the individuals, who was a friend, and he exited his vehicle and approached the altercation at which time multiple shots were fired.”
One of the bullets struck Gunn in the head.
“Witnesses that were present at the time commenced lifesaving efforts prior to the arrival of paramedics,” said Dunkley. “He was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. We know there were 20 to 30 people present at the time of the altercation and when the shots were fired and we know that our suspect was inside the premises prior to the incident.”
The suspect, who fled in a waiting vehicle that was parked on Mowat Ave., is described as a black man, 18-22, with a dark complexion, 5’11”-6’0”, slim build and braided hair, possibly in cornrows. He was last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with black print and a logo.
Gunn’s mother, Evelyn Fox, pleaded for witnesses to come forward.
“Kiesingar was humble, fun-loving, and he was a family man of four children,” she said. “Two of these children, who are very young, will never remember the love and devotion he had for them… He was a man whose father walked out of his life when he was only one year old and someone who grew up with abandonment issues and broke that cycle to be the most amazing father I had ever seen… Because of one person’s reckless actions, I am forever heartbroken. Kiesingar being taken away from me has left me struggling to deal with life daily.”
Fox said her son’s passing has left her traumatized and heartbroken.
“I can’t sleep at night and I struggle to get out of bed and go to work every day,” she said. “My tears are endless and my grief is unrelenting… Kiesingar went out that night to de-stress and enjoy a night out with his fiancée and god brother and when his god brother got out of the vehicle to retrieve his friend, Kiesingar got out to do what was natural to him, what was ingrained in him and that was to look out for his family because family was everything. I am pleading with everyone that was outside that club that night to contact police. My son was hit by a stray bullet which could have been for anyone.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Leslie Dunkley at (416) 808-7400 ext. 7-7424, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.