A sniper shot a 37-year-old murder victim — once dubbed “Mr. Big” when he was nabbed in a major drug bust — from nearly 200 metres away, Toronto Police say. In an effort to heat up the hunt for Clinton Yow Foo’s killer, Det.-Sgt. Tam Bui released new details Tuesday about the shooting that unfolded on Kingston Rd., near Ellesmere Rd., in Scarborough on Sept. 30, 2015.
“Our investigation has revealed the shot came from a high-powered rifle,” he said. “We believe that he was shot by a sniper.”
Bui said the skilled marksman waited for Yow Foo while “perched” in a sniper’s “nest,” staring into the darkness through a high definition scope.
Based on cellphone records, Yow Foo was talking to an unknown person as he parked and stepped out of his vehicle at his family’s home shortly before midnight. A single shot was fired, dropping the victim in the driveway.
Yow Foo’s body was found shortly after 2 a.m. the next day by a friend, a man who police have since “lost touch with.”
Bui said investigators would like to ask the friend some “additional questions” and he urged the man to come forward.
Yow Foo was among a dozen suspects arrested in 2009 during Project Isis, a three-year gun and drug investigation by Durham Regional Police. He was allegedly a significant player who investigators referred to as “Mr. Big” at the time.
Yow Foo was convicted of gun and drug charges in 2011 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. But his conviction was overturned on appeal the next year and he was set free.
Bui said evidence found at the scene after Yow Foo’s slaying suggests he was involved in the drug trade.
“We believe that he had connections to organized crime, as a general term, in the Greater Toronto Area,” he said.
Bui said investigators located the murder weapon, which is thought to have undisclosed ties to Montreal, and the remnants of the sniper’s nest after a search, which included an OPP drone and police dogs.
He said police have more evidence that is believed to be connected to the sniper, which may be released to the public if needed.
WHAT INVESTIGATORS HAVE REVEALED:
•The killer waited in darkness for Yow Foo, gently squeezing off a round when the victim appeared.
•The shot was made from a considerable distance on a windy night and the victim was on the move.
•The shot was fired from a Browning BLR Short Magnum.
•The lever-action rifle was fitted with Bushnell Legend high-definition scope as well as a bipod to provide stability.
•The end of the barrel was threaded, suggesting it was capable of being fitted with a silencer.
•The murder weapon has undisclosed ties to the Montreal area.