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Police look for gang connections in rapper's slaying

01/23/2012 09:20 EST | Updated 03/24/2012 05:12 EDT

Police are looking for possible gang connections in the fatal shooting of an aspiring Toronto rapper, in a case that has so far yielded little help from witnesses.

Anthony Spencer, 23, died Saturday morning after he was dropped off at a Scarborough hospital suffering from gunshot wounds.

The people who dropped him off left the hospital before speaking with police, who then had to track them down so they could be interviewed.

A day later, police announced they had found the location where Spencer was shot — a recording studio on Brimley Road.

Police believe some of Spencer’s friends witnessed the shooting and may know who is responsible.

But so far, people are being “far less than truthful” about what they know about his death, Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux told reporters Sunday.

Police say there are several gangs in the area where Spencer was shot.

Const. Scott Mills told CBC News that police often have trouble getting witnesses to come forward when a gang is involved in a homicide.

“If you were to speak to the Toronto police homicide investigators, on nearly every single case they have, there might not be an arrest but they’ll tell they know who did it,” Mills said.

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