A homicide team has been dispatched to the scene of a shooting along the lakefront.
Just before 10 p.m., Toronto police were dispatched to the intersection of The Queensway and Windermere Avenue. Multiple bullets were fired on Thursday, according to accounts.
When police got on the scene, they located a man with gunshot wounds and no vital signs inside a car.
The man was transferred to a trauma center, where he was subsequently pronounced dead, after police and emergency responders performed life-saving procedures.
There were reports of a vehicle driving away from the site, according to police, but no further details or suspect descriptions were published.
This is the 22nd homicide in Toronto this year.
Toronto shooting suspect atop Canada’s Most Wanted List arrested on day 1
Just hours after a new list of Canada’s most wanted violent fugitives – and a $250,000 reward – was made public, the top name on the list was caught.
Craig MacDonald, 43, was watching a Leafs game at a Boston Pizza at Cinemart Drive and Milner Avenue in Scarborough on Oct. 13, 2021.
He was said to have gotten into a disagreement with a man at the restaurant, who then allegedly waited for him in the parking lot and shot him.
Abilaziz Mohamed was recognized as the suspect in that event by police.
Mohamed was designated the number one fugitive on the new Canada’s Most Wanted list on Tuesday morning by police and the nationwide BOLO program, in collaboration with some of Canada’s top police forces.
They also offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to his arrest, which would be valid for six months.
Mohamed was detained after an anonymous report was filed Tuesday evening, according to Toronto police.
“We hope this provides a small amount of closure for the victim’s family,” Toronto Police Chief James Ramer said in a statement issued on Wednesday. “We work proudly and effectively with our BOLO partners and this successful arrest sends a clear message to those who continue to evade justice – you will be found.”
Mohamed faces one count of first-degree murder.
He appeared in court via video link at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East on Wednesday morning.
BOLO program director Max Langlois told CP24 the quick arrest is a sign the list will do its job and get violent fugitives off the streets.
“I want to thank citizens of the Greater Toronto Area for being on the lookout for Abilaziz Mohamed. This arrest not only makes communities of the GTA safer; it also allows the family of the victim to take their next step forward in this awful journey. The message to all outstanding BOLO fugitives is the following: The entire country is on the lookout for you. Call a lawyer. Call the police. Make arrangements to turn yourself in.”
In a statement released on Thursday morning, MacDonald’s sister Drema MacDonald said that the arrest “won’t bring Craig back” but will allow her family “to take the next step forward in this most unfortunate journey.”
“For six months, I have been sharing the picture of the man wanted for my brother’s cruel and senseless murder. I have been searching for his face every place I go,” she said. “It’s so hard to deal with your loved one being taken from you in this manner but then to know that the person who killed him is still out there, to feel like we have to chase him down, has added an incredibly painful layer to our grief.”
The next highest name on the most wanted list is Gene Karl Lahrkamp, a 36-year-old British Columbia resident wanted in the shooting death of 32-year-old Jimi Sandhu in Muang, Phuket, Thailand, on Feb. 5, 2022.
He is considered armed and dangerous.
A $100,000 reward is offered for information leading to his arrest.