Toronto Police is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) wanted in connection with a fatal shooting of a college student in the Jane St. and Falstaff Ave. area.
On Sunday, January 31, at approximately 8.56 p.m., Hashim Omar Hashi was gunned down in his vehicle as he was about drive into the underground parking lot at 40 Falstaff Ave.
The victim was returning home from dinner with friends.
“As he was trying to swipe his key fob to get into the underground parking, the suspect vehicle approached within seconds behind him,” said Det. Sgt. Ted Lioumanis, at a media conference outside the building on February 6. “A lone suspect exited the front passenger side of that vehicle, ran up to Mr. Hashi’s passenger side of the vehicle and fired multiple gunshots. The shooter then got into the vehicle that was last seen eastbound on Falstaff Ave.”
The suspect vehicle was recovered a few hours later engulfed in flames in Earl Bales Park in the Bathurst St. and Shepherd Ave. area.
It was a four-door 2017 Black Honda Civic that was stolen from outside the city.
Watchsecurity video of suspect and vehicle.
Lioumanis said the victim wasn’t involved in gang activity.
He was a Humber College Accounting student and part-time airport worker.
“He had a promising future and he was a very well respected young man,” said Lioumanis.
Ahmed Urur, a youth counsellor and Iman in the city’s north end, represented the Hashi family at the media conference.
He met the victim about a year ago and they went on a pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city in Islam.
“What I remember most about him was that he was an amazing and beautiful soul who was always smiling and internally filled with joy,” Urur said. “He was one of the first to wake up in the morning and would try to set everyone up for that day. In our morning walks to the Prophet’s Mosque, I was fortunate enough to get to know him better and I have beautiful memories that will stay with me forever.
Urur said Hashi touched many people’s lives.
“He lived his life simply and loved fully and this is why his death has hit a lot of our community members,” he added. “Hashim was a wonderful person and may Allah have mercy on his soul. His family described him as a kind, humble and hardworking young man. Everyone that knew him and met him including me can attest to that. He was a caring friend, thoughtful neighbour and even more a loving son and brother.”
Supt. Ron Taverner decried the gun violence and extended condolences to the victim’s family.
“We have had contact with the family,” he said. “They are amazing, caring, respected and community-oriented with a great background in this neighbourhood. The tragedy that happened last Sunday is unfortunately one that’s not unfamiliar to this community. The gun violence has plagued this particular community and we have taken measures to increase our patrols, have ongoing dialogue with our housing partners and get community feedback all in an effort to deal with some of the things that go on. We are going to try our hardest to keep our patrols up with all the other issues.”
Councillor Frances Nunziata also attended the media conference and extended condolences to the Hashi family.
She’s the Vice-Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board and the municipal representative for the area in which the Hashi family reside.
Nunziata said the gun violence has left many feeling unsafe.
“Another life has been lost and we need to work together with the community and the police to try to stop the gun violence,” she said. “I have had a number of meetings with tenants in the community because they don’t feel safe. There are a lot of good people living in these buildings. Toronto Community Housing has put cameras in the parking lots and all the floors of the buildings.”
Members from 12 Division Community Response Unit and District Special Constables re-canvassed 20, 30 and 40 Falstaff Ave., buildings on February 6 with the hope that it would generate more witness to come forward.