Investigators are hoping that video footage released at a news conference at police headquarters on May 28 will lead to arrests in the city’s latest homicide.
On May 26 at around 4 p.m., 21-year-old Dimarjio Jenkins was fatally gunned shot in downtown Toronto.
Police allege that Jenkins and three associates were walking northbound on the east side of Blue Jays Way approaching King St. W. when they were ambushed by a gunman who stepped out of a Volkswagen Tiguan blue SUV that police believe was lying in wait.
D/Sgt. Andy Singh said police believe the shooting was targeted.
“This shooter opened gunfire on Dimarjio and his other associates that were with him,” he said.
It is alleged that two of Jenkins’ associates were carrying handguns.
“What you can also see is an individual who has got his right arm outstretched holding a handgun that has a high capacity 30-round magazine,” Singh noted. “We have a very clear image of this person and we want to identify him. He quite clearly has no regard for human life. He was discharging a high-capacity magazine in a completely public area with families around and we need the public’s help to be able to identify this individual so we can bring him to justice.”
It is also alleged a 15-year old, who was injured in the shooting, discarded his handgun, which jammed, on the sidewalk. He faces several firearm related charges.
“What we believe occurred is that the shooter comes out of the suspect vehicle, opens gunfire and two associates of Mr. Jenkins return gunfire with their own handguns back at the shooter and we had an active gunfight happening on the sidewalk of Blue Jays Way,” Singh said.
A stray bullet injured a 27-year-old woman while several other individuals in close proximity were lucky to escape the gunfire.
They included a six-year-old boy.
“The little boy was exactly in the line of gunfire when it first started and his family, who were close by, were on the receiving end of the volley of shots which skipped off the ground inches from not only the little boy but also his mother who is standing near a vehicle waiting to put him in,” Singh pointed out.
Following the shooting, the alleged shooter is observed running southbound on Blue Jays Way to the waiting Volkswagen Tiguan.
He was wearing Nike Air Force One-type white shoes, slightly dark clothing and a medical mask.
“I am hoping that the combination of this specific description along with the description of the vehicle which, I believe, is very unique in that it is a rental which they were in possession of for a better part of a month will be of assistance to the public in helping to identify these individuals,” said Singh.
The vehicle was recovered burnt in York region on May 27.
“We are analyzing it and will continue to gather evidence,” added Singh.
Police recovered 23 shell casings.
Chief Mark Saunders decried the reckless gun violence on a busy downtown street.
“When individuals decide to come down to the largest city in the country during rush hour and have no care in the world in killing anyone in their way is beyond comprehension,” he said. “These individuals should not be on the street. The public, especially Torontonians, deserve better. I am appealing that we, as a collective group, once again not let these individuals get away with what they have done or what they almost did.”
Members of the public who have information regarding this investigation are asked to contact police at (416) 808-7400; Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.