A man was attending a memorial service for a homicide victim when he was shot dead in a waterfront park in downtown Toronto, investigators said Monday as they called on witnesses to come forward.
Det. Amanda Thornton told reporters that 30-year-old Michael Lewis of Markham, Ont., was with his two children and his pregnant wife when he was shot multiple times at close range on Sunday evening at Coronation Park.
"Shortly before the 911 call, four males approached Mr. Lewis, who was in the park attending a memorial for a male who had been a homicide victim nine years ago,'' said Thornton.
Coronation Park homicide: An annual BBQ vigil was underway here for murder victim Kamal Hercules, shot & killed in 2009. Witnesses say it was very peaceful until the gunman appeared and fired about 5 shots. Victim pronounced dead on scene. #CNE is across the street. pic.twitter.com/dv5G2UgpQB— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyGlobalTV) September 2, 2018
She said the four men had a brief discussion with Lewis before one of the men allegedly pulled out a handgun shot Lewis multiple times.
"Mr. Lewis collapsed to the ground and the suspects fled the park," Thornton said.
He died at the scene, she said, adding that it had been a busy day at the park where families were trying to enjoy the long weekend near the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).
His death marked the fourth fatal shooting in the Greater Toronto Area in 24 hours.
#BREAKING: A man has been shot and killed at Coronation Park near the CNE. Police are looking for 4 suspects seen fleeing the area. Stay tuned to @CP24 for the latest. (Photo: @Cristina_CP24) pic.twitter.com/uU1DWkzx0a— Kris Pangilinan (@KrisReports) September 2, 2018
Investigators believe the suspects and Lewis knew each other, Thornton said, adding that 30 or 40 people were in the park at the time of the shooting.
"Because of the obvious chaos they fled in all directions," she said, "I'm requesting that if you were in the park at the time of the homicide or were in attendance of the memorial, to please contact the homicide squad."
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