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Fatal shooting victim identified

05/05/2012 11:03 EDT | Updated 07/05/2012 05:12 EDT

Toronto police have identified the victim of Friday's fatal shooting in the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood.

Police say Paul Fitzgerald Benn, 38, was shot "multiple times" outside a housing complex at 70 Cather Cres., near Lawrence Avenue West and Allen Road. Police responded to multiple reports of gunshots just after 7 p.m. Friday.

Benn was found lying on a grassy area in a parkette near the housing complex. He was rushed to Sunnybrook hospital where he died of his injuries.

Det. Frank Skubic said Saturday the shooting happened in daylight and police have received information from people in the area.

"I’m certain there are other witnesses that we can meet with who can provide us with more information," said Skubic.

He said Benn was alone and was leaving his residence when he was shot.

Members of the police forensics team were busy gathering evidence on Saturday by combing through the grass.

Benn's brother Julian spoke briefly to CBC News. Fighting back tears, he said he is shocked by the sudden loss of his brother.

"Can't sleep, throwing up," he said.

Amanda Dillon lives in the housing complex with her children near the parkette where Benn was found. She told CBC she's heard shots fired in the neighbourhood before.

"It's pretty typical actually for the last three years," she said. "There's a lot of gunfire on this street, especially where the parkette is."

Dillon said she did not know the victim personally, but described him as "very friendly," and someone who would often say hello to his neighbours.

The shooting is Toronto's 15th homicide of 2012.

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