TORONTO-Police identify man fatally shot in garage of Danforth condo building|BCI Canada

Toronto police have identified a man who was gunned down in the parking garage of a condominium building in The Danforth area late Tuesday night.

Officers responded to a medical call at a parking garage at 2301 Danforth Avenue, near Oak Park Avenue, just before 10:30 p.m.

Toronto police found a man unconscious, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Despite life-saving efforts by paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Toronto police investigate a fatal shooting at a parking garage near Danforth and Oak Park avenues Tuesday February 9, 2021. (Mike Nguyen /CP24)

The victim was identified by police Wednesday as 47-year-old Harry Lainas of Toronto.

Police told CP24 Wednesday that whoever shot Lainas appears to have been waiting for him. 

The shooting took place in the underground garage of a newly constructed condo building where residents just started moving in over the summer.

Early this morning, Toronto police towed a black Jeep from the garage in connection with the murder. There was no apparent damage to the vehicle. Police have not confirmed whether or not it was owned by the victim.

There is no information about suspects so far.

Police are reviewing surveillance video from the building and are asking anyone with further information to contact investigators.

Killing marks Toronto’s fourth homicide since Saturday

The fatal shooting marks the fourth homicide in the city in as many days.

They have not been linked by investigators and Toronto police told CP24 Wednesday that while the investigations are in their early stages, it is not unusual to see an “ebb and flow” in the city’s violent crime.  

“There can be retaliatory shootings but the timing of those really doesn’t have any bearing,” Supt. Pauline Gray of the homicide squad told CP24 in an interview Wednesday. “Some years we are one or two ahead. In fact this year we are right on for last year, although they came in a rush at the beginning of last year. As you can see this week we’ve had four. So again, ebb and flow is a good term.”

She said if the killings are unconnected, then their close timing is more a matter of chance than a pattern.

“If they’re not related then their timing is again not related to each of them, so we just take them as they come,” Gray said. “Sometimes two in a month and sometimes two in a night and luckily we have the best homicide squad in the country, and they’re always ready, willing and able to get out there and do the good work.”

In regards to Lainas’ killing, she said it is still “early days” in terms of figuring out what happened.

“It’s just a number of hours, literally overnight, we are just beginning to start to sort through the video and certainly the backgrounds of everyone involved,” Gray said. “And again, we take our time, don’t rush to judgment, and ultimately we have a pretty good success rate with finding our perpetrators.”

–          With files from CP24 Reporter Cam Woolley

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