Police search for multiple suspects after teen fatally shot in Toronto
Police investigate at the scene of a shooting that occurred on Bellamy Road in Scarborough, Ont.
Published Saturday, September 15, 2018 1:36PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, September 15, 2018 9:03PM EDT
Toronto police are searching for multiple suspects following a fatal shooting in the city’s east end that left a 16-year-old boy dead.
Officers responded to reports of at least six gunshots in a residential neighbourhood near Eglinton Avenue East in Scarborough just before 7 p.m. on Friday. A male teenager was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound and no vital signs.
He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
Police say they’re looking for two male suspects who were spotted leaving the area in a dark SUV.
Video of the scene Friday night showed bloodstains and discarded clothing on a staircase leading to an apartment building.
By Saturday evening, a small memorial had been created at the site with candles and flowers. Neighbours described the teenager, who they identified only by the name “Elijah,” as a “nice kid” who loved basketball and lived in the building with his mother and an older brother.
John McCackney, a neighbour in the building, said he knew the victim.
He called the teenager “a nice kid” and said he saw him 45 minutes before he died when he let him inside his apartment to charge his phone.
“I heard him call somebody on my phone and say ‘Yeah, OK I’ll see you in a bit.’ And then I thought I heard him call a taxi,” McCackney said. “About 45 minutes later I found out he was shot.”
McCackney said he suspects the teenager was mistaken for someone else.
“He’s never bothered anybody, as far as I know,” he said. “I can’t see him being involved in anything.”
The shooting is Toronto’s 77th homicide this year.
With files from CTV Toronto, CP24 and The Canadian Press