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One dead in triple shooting in school parking lot

By Liz Braun, Toronto Sun

Toronto Police at the scene of a triple shooting outside Kingsview Village Junior School that left one man dead, on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Ernest Doroszul/Toronto Sun)

Toronto Police at the scene of a triple shooting outside Kingsview Village Junior School that left one man dead, on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Ernest Doroszul/Toronto Sun)

TORONTO - 

Neither the murder victim nor the two wounded men shot in an Etobicoke school parking lot Sunday night were previously known to police.

Officers from 23 division were tight-lipped at a press conference Monday, but said they were looking for one suspect — a slight black male in his 20s — after a triple shooting near Dixon Rd. and Kipling Ave.

Det. Steve Matthews said police were called after shots were reported at Kingsview Village Junior School around 11.45 p.m.

One man was found in the school parking lot in critical condition with a gunshot wound and was rushed to hospital, but later died. He is the city’s 49th homicide victim of 2017.

During a search of the grounds, two other men were found south of the school, also suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All three men are believed to be in their 20s.

Matthews said it is still unknown what the three men were doing at the school but police hope to find out more when the two survivors are stable.

”Hopefully when we speak to the other victims,” he said, “we can get a better understanding of what happened.”

Reports say a suspect was seen running on the dead-end street where the school is located, and getting into a small, light-coloured car. The shooter is described as slim, black, about 5-foot-7, and wearing black clothing. Police have video footage from the scene but hope to speak to witnesses.

Initial reports said five shots were fired, although one neighbour near the scene — who did not wish to be identified — described hearing at least 12 shots ring out on Sunday night.

The roped-off crime scene contained 36 police markers. Asked about the number, police attributed most of the markers to articles of clothing and declined to give further details about number of shots fired.

Just last Thursday, 29-year-old Abdulkadir Bihi was shot and killed in front of a building in the same neighbourhood, near Dixon Rd. and Islington Ave. Two men are now in custody in connection with that murder.

“It’s too early to determine” whether that killing and Sunday night’s triple shooting are connected, said Matthews.