The Toronto police say that a suspect was wanted for murder in the first degree after a 32-year-old man was shot when he drove to the end of the city district and was arrested on Wednesday.
The police said that Jermaine George Titus, who worked in the restaurant industry, drove a Lexus A25 on Weston Road near Jane Street 2012 before 10:00 when gunshots were fired by a suspect in a light-colored SUV. Titus was shot and he died on the spot. A passenger in the vehicle was not injured.
"Mr. Titus leaves behind his loving family and a four-year-old son, and his death was useless," Det. Sgt. Michael Patterson told reporters during an update late on Thursday afternoon.
"He seemed to be a man who worked very hard and loved his son very much."
For the 23-year-old Shamoi Palmer, a warrant for the whole country was issued. The Toronto police said Thursday that police arrested the defendant earlier in the evening.
Patterson said the shooting was not random. He said researchers are trying to follow Titus' movements and interactions before and after he left his home in Kipling Avenue and the Finch Avenue West area around 8 o'clock in the morning as they worked out the motive. Patterson said that Titus had no criminal convictions or connections with gangs.
"This was a targeted shooting, and that is part of the reason why we look at the last 24 hours of his life trying to determine whether there was any premeditation or something of that sort," he said.
Meanwhile Patterson called the shooting "brutal" and said that others could easily be shot.
"It is unique and quite troubling actually with the amount of people who were in the area when that trigger was pulled … extremely dangerous," he said.
"People who heard the shots ran from the area, cyclists, children who enjoy their summer holidays in their homes – this could have been a terrible tragedy."
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