Police were called to Gloucester near Yonge Street shortly after midnight for “unknown trouble” and located the victim suffering from “obvious signs of trauma,” according to a news release.
The victim, 42-year-old Ramsey Whitefish, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Earlier Wednesday, Toronto Police Homicide Det. Paul Worden said investigators had identified a “person of interest” who was “very close” to the victim and asked anyone who was in the area between 11:30 p.m. and midnight to come forward. Investigators canvassed Gloucester Street for surveillance video.
Worden said the victim did not have a fixed address, but frequented the downtown core and was known to police.
“He had a sleeping bag with him and he was wearing a fedora” at the time of his death, Worden said.
He confirmed that a gun was not used in the incident.
A post-mortem is scheduled for Thursday.
On Wednesday, police arrested and charged Trevor Severin, 24, with second-degree murder. Severin is scheduled to appear at College Park court on Thursday.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.