TORONTO - There was another bullet-riddled body under a police tarp Sunday in a city that boasts about being safe.
Toronto’s latest murder — in Rexdale — follows a similar wild shooting homicide last Thursday at a west-end mall not all that far away.
They don’t come in ones. And they don’t stop. You get one shooting, not long after you get another.
Police have identified the victim of Toronto’s 36th homicide of 2017 as Awad Hurre, 34.
“This was a targeted attack with massive overkill,” Toronto Police Det. Paul Worden told the Toronto Sun’s Jack Boland. “Numerous shots were fired into the victim with no regard for public safety.”
Four men emerged from a silver vehicle, possibly a newer Toyota Corolla, and opened fire on Hurre as he strode up the pathway towards a Tandridge Cres. apartment complex — in the Albion Rd.-Islington Ave. area — around 8:45 p.m. Saturday evening.
“He was walking back to his residence at 75 Tandridge Cres. when he was ambushed by four suspects,” said Worden, who added that a rifle was used in the attack. He added three rifle slugs were taken out of apartments in the Tandridge complex.
“We are talking four suspects — four gunmen — who each fired at this poor gentleman,” said Worden.
Worden said while there’s no evidence to connect Saturday night’s shooting with one at Sheridan Mall — in the Wilson Ave.-Jane St. area — “we can’t overlook the similarities” between the two. Jovane Clark, 22, who lived near Hurre on Tandridge, was shot and killed at the mall at 5 p.m, Thursday.
“The manner in which the two victims were killed was overkill in both cases,” Worden added.
It’s not supposed to be a war zone. But when the sun goes down, many parts of the city transform into just that.
While police are not connecting the two recent slayings, many such shootings are related to gangland activity.
While police have just started the investigation on the latest homicide, they have some good descriptions of suspects in Thursday’s killing.
“At least two of the individuals commenced shooting and chasing the deceased north, towards one of the mall entrances. At this point, only one of two of these individuals chased the deceased into the mall,” said Det.-Sgt. Mike Carbone. “The offender continued to fire at the victim while they were in the mall. The victim was struck several times and succumbed to his injuries ... It does look as if he was targeted as he exited the vehicle. We have a great deal of surveillance video to review.”
Carbone said “police are looking for four black males in their mid-20s who were wearing dark clothing.”
There are people who know the identity of these creeps, but it won’t be easy to get them to drop a dime. In most crimes, there are people with information that would prove valuable to police.
However, the level of fear in the community means the bad guys get to keep terrorizing victims.
Until the province and city get serious about paying for quality tips and having a robust witness protection system, it’s a lot to ask of people to come forward.
They don’t want to be next.
— With files from Jack Boland.