30 December 2009

In other "crime is down" news

Try imagine the horrified outrage... if Toronto Police had fatally tasered 62 people in 2009...
A young man was found shot to death in the street outside a west Toronto pizza shop on Tuesday night.

A TTC driver led emergency crews to the scene, on Gilmour Ave. in the Dundas St.-Runnymede Rd. area, shortly before 10 p.m.

The victim has not been identified and police are looking for two suspects.

It is the city's 62nd murder of 2009.

UPDATE: Who's zoomin' who?
The deceased was identified as Kenneth Mark of Toronto.
And guess what he was murdered for...
A 29-year-old man shot in the back of the head in the Junction last night may have been targeted because he was a police community liaison, investigators said today.

Kenneth Mark was found on Gilmour Avenue just north of Dundas Street West; he had stopped for pizza en route to a nearby Wal-Mart, where he was night manager. Police said he was wearing headphones and likely didn’t hear anyone as he was approached from behind.

Paramedics performed CPR for 20 minutes before taking him to hospital, where he later died.

‘‘He was the salt of the earth,’’ said Detective Hank Idsinga, the homicide officer in charge of the investigation, who said Mr. Mark had no criminal record and had done ‘‘some community work,’’ for police in the neighbourhood.

Mr. Mark has reportedly recently stopped some young men from entering a nearby housing complex with a gun, which investigators say may have been the motive behind the shooting.

Witnesses have described two suspects — both black men in their 20s wearing dark clothing.