Toronto police say they are looking for two male suspects after a man was shot to death in a vehicle in an alley near a major intersection in midtown Tuesday afternoon. Police received a call about the shooting at 2:50 p.m. ET. The man, who appeared to be in his 30s, was shot inside a white luxury vehicle near Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, a busy intersection in a commercial area that is usually filled with people in the afternoon.
Police said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We’re all shocked by this, but what I can say to the area residents, Toronto is a safe city,” Supt. Reuben Stroble told reporters near the crime scene.
“The public should feel safe. We are doing everything in our power to keep the public safe. We’re increasing our patrols. We are in the community, in the neighbourhoods, where we should be. This area is a very quiet neighbourhood.
“For us, this is a big surprise for this area, especially at this time of day.”
Stroble said the area is not what police would call a “hot spot.” He agreed that the shooting was a “brazen” act.
Stroble said he could not confirm how many shots were fired and whether the man was targeted, but said the front of the vehicle was damaged by bullets and it appears the man was alone at the time.
Officers are canvassing a nearby apartment building for witnesses and for security camera video.
“We have lots of work still to do,” he said.
Stroble urged those responsible to surrender to police and to get a lawyer.
“We will find out who you are and you will be arrested,” he said. “The trail will lead to them and we will apprehend them.”
Police said in a tweet that two men were seen fleeing from the area in a black car. Police said both were wearing construction vests, one green, one orange.
A construction worker nearby said he heard about a dozen shots.