Brazen targeted shooting in broad daylight leaves soccer fan dead

Police in Toronto pounding the pavement with likeness of the perp

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Police sift clues in fatal shootin which happened while fans watched Euro soccer. CBC John Rieti

 

Compiled by Terrance Gavan – June 17, 2012

CBC Report: Police have released a suspect description of the man they believe shot a person dead in a brazen targeted shooting in broad daylight that sent soccer fans scrambling for safety in Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood.

Hours after the Monday afternoon shooting on a patio of an ice-cream parlour, Const. Wendy Drummond told reporters that the suspect is a white male, who is believed to be six feet tall with a medium build.

Drummond said the suspect, who fled the scene on foot, wore a white construction helmet, an orange safety vest and a white filter mask.

Police were first called to the scene around 3:30 p.m. in the College Street and Ossington Avenue area. Investigators later cordoned off the area around the Sicilian Sidewalk Café on College Street, near Montrose Avenue, where witnesses say the victim was shot dead on the restaurant patio.

Witnesses reported hearing five shots fired at about 3:30 p.m., the CBC’s Ivy Cuervo said.

Andrea Dolcetti told CBC News that she was watching the Italy-Ireland soccer game with family and friends when the shots were fired.

“All of a sudden we heard five gunshots,” she said.

“It sounded like — first we thought it was broken glass, but then we knew by the fifth one that it wasn’t.”

The area of Toronto where the shooting occurred is home to many bars and restaurants where patrons were watching Euro 2012 soccer on Monday afternoon — including at the Sicilian Sidewalk Café.

Earlier Monday, Drummond said police were asking these soccer fans to respect the boundaries of the crime scene when they departed the area later in the day.

Police said College Street will remain closed between Grace Street and Crawford Avenue as the investigation continues on Monday.

The shooting comes just over two weeks after the deadly shooting at the Eaton Centre, which left two men dead and five others injured.

Police have been dealing with an increased number of shootings in Toronto this year compared with last.

Preliminary statistics on the Toronto police website indicate that as of June 18, shooting occurrences are up 28.7 per cent from a year ago, following a two-year decline.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]