Toronto police investigate shooting of man in ear of store

Police in Brampton say the death of a man shot last week outside a butcher shop is now being investigated by homicide officers.

On June 16, officers were called to the store after a shop owner told them a man had shot himself. Police said officers found a 21-year-old man outside the store suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Tuesday, police said a murder investigation was launched. Investigators are working with the Office of the Chief Coroner to determine the man’s exact cause of death, and are working to determine his last movements before he was found dead outside the butcher shop.

Family members who live in the area and work for the Toronto Police Services have said that he was in the area for the day, and that they last saw him at 7:30 p.m.

Officers continue to appeal for witnesses. Police have described the killer or killers as a man who wore a light-colored parka jacket, and who was driving a white Audi.

In April, Toronto police announced an effort to bring back officers who, following the release of a video that showed five officers killing a black teenager named Sammy Yatim on an empty streetcar in July 2013, had quit in droves. The Yatim video, which was posted to the police department’s YouTube channel, shows officers wrestling the man to the ground, then firing multiple shots at him after he was already subdued.

Read the full story at The Toronto Star.

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