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2 shootings leave 2 innocent victims in Toronto

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Police are investigating two shootings in less than 24 hours that left a man dead and a teenager seriously injured.

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Toronto police provided an update Tuesday on their investigation into shootings that occurred Friday and Saturday at the same location in northwest Toronto. A father who arrived from Ghana in November was killed and a teenager waiting for a bus suffered serious injuries “that could change the course of his life”, according to police.

Nothing in our investigation shows that they were involved in one way or another, or affiliated with a gang or anything like that, said Superintendent Andy Singh.

They were completely and utterly innocent, which is a lot of what alarmed the community.

A quote from Superintendent Andy Singh

The 16-year-old boy injured Friday is described as an athletic teenager and a good student. Police do not believe he knew the other victim or the man wanted in this case.

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The 39-year-old man who died on Saturday was named Adu Boakye. He had a wife and four children and came to Canada to financially support his family.

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Sergeant -detective Phillip Campbell

We believe they were attacked randomly. One of them died; each other's lives changed forever.

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The suspect's vehicle, a stolen black Acura RDX SUV, was recovered in Hamilton.

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Police are asking people who may have seen the suspect's vehicle or have dashcam footage to contact them.

The police have set up a command post in the neighborhood and are asking for the cooperation of citizens to advance the investigation. She says that more agents will be present in the area and that psychological support will be offered to people who need it.

Residents of this neighborhood, where many families with children live, need to feel safe when waiting at a bus stop or walking in the street, Toronto's mayor said in a written statement.

Olivia Chow assured that her office was in communication with the police. I am thinking of the family of Adu Boakye and the young man who was injured in these tragic and senseless shootings, she said.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116