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02/05/2014 09:10 EST | Updated 04/07/2014 05:59 EDT

Yonge/Lawrence shooting victim identified by police

Toronto police have identified the victim of a brazen shooting at Yonge and Lawrence on Tuesday evening, in which a man was shot multiple times on a busy shopping district.

Police say Peter Nguyen, 26, died after he was gunned down in the area of Yonge Street and Deloraine Avenue at 9:20 p.m.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are looking for two suspects, both described as men in dark clothing. They were last seen fleeing the area on foot, heading westbound on Melrose Avenue from Yonge Street.

Witnesses were shocked by the shooting, which happened in an area of north Toronto lined with boutiques and restaurants.  

Mario Troiani was having dinner at a Japanese restaurant with his family when the shots rang out.

"All of a sudden we heard firecrackers; it sounded like firecrackers," he said.

"So we turned back and looked and we see a guy, basically shooting…outside. We basically hit the deck."

Troiani said the shooting happened so quickly he was only able to catch a glimpse of a gunman wearing a hoodie and hat.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.