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Homicide police probe fatal shooting at North York condo

06/16/2013 01:19 EDT | Updated 08/16/2013 05:12 EDT
Homicide investigators attended the scene of a fatal early-morning shooting at a high-rise in North York on Sunday.

Det. Scott Purches with the Toronto police said a 911 call was placed around 3 a.m. to 32 Division. When police arrived at the condo building at 35 Empress Ave. near Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue to investigate, they found a man in his 20s had died from a gunshot wound inside a ninth-floor unit.

The death is being called suspicious and police are now trying to determine who made the initial 911 call.

"The 911 caller who phoned this to police, we would very much like for that person to make themselves known to us so we can ask a few more questions," Purches said.

He added that "there seemed to be a bit of a charged environment" that the 911 call was made in.

Blue Chevrolet removed by investigators

Police are continuing to canvas the area for more information and to speak with potential witnesses.

A blue Chevrolet has been sealed and removed from the scene as part of the investigation. Signs on the vehicle indicated it had been dusted for fingerprints before it was towed.

One resident, Dorothy Hopkinson, said she was walking her dog earlier in the morning when she noticed the police presence outside. The violent incident is shocking, she said, considering how quiet and friendly her neighbours appear to be.

"It's a quiet building, friendly people live in it, a lot of elderly people that are retired," she said.

"When I was told what happened, I couldn't believe it."

The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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