Police identify 26-year-old man fatally gunned down outside Newmarket home – CTV News

Police identify 26-year-old man fatally gunned down outside Newmarket home - CTV News
Police identify 26-year-old victim in Newmarket double shooting
Evidence markers are seen at the scene of a double shooting in Newmarket on Oct. 4, 2019. (CTV News Toronto)

A 26-year-old man killed in a double shooting in Newmarket last week has been identified by investigators.

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Emergency crews were called to a residence on Colter Street, located in the area of Yonge Street and Mulock Drive, at around 9 p.m. on Oct. 4 for a report of a shooting.

When officers arrived at the scene they located a 26-year-old male and a 23-year-old female suffering from gunshot wounds at the front of the residence.

Police are looking for two male suspects who fled the scene in a four-door dark-coloured sedan. They believe the shooting was targeted.

The female victim, who has not been identified by officials, was taken from the scene to hospital to be treated for her non-life-threatening injuries.

Its believed the victims were renting the Airbnb at the time of the shooting, but its still early in the investigation.

Investigators previously said they believe the two victims were inside the SUV when a dark-coloured sedan pulled up in front of the house.

Airbnb has confirmed to CityNews the home was listed on their site and the booking guest has been removed from the platform.

Two male suspects exited the vehicle and shot the victims while they were in their car that was parked in the driveway, police said in a news release issued on Tuesday. Following the shooting, the suspects drove away from the area.

Over the weekend, police confirmed that the home where the deadly incident took place was being rented out as a short-term rental on Airbnb.

There has been no description of the suspects released other than one was wearing a dark-coloured shirt.

The senseless violence reported is abhorrent and has no place in the Airbnb community, and our thoughts are with those who may have been impacted by this incident, the company said in a statement.

We have removed the booking guest from our platform and we stand ready to support York Regional Police in their investigation.

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Officers added that there was another vehicle that drove past the scene on Colter Street at the time and are asking the occupants of that vehicle to come forward and speak with investigators.

The community can expect an increased police presence in the area as investigators conduct canvasses for video surveillance, police said on Tuesday. Any witnesses that may have seen or heard anything or any drivers who may have dashcam footage from the area around the time of the shooting are asked to please come forward.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact York Regional Polices homicide unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7865 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Police have identified a 14-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed outside his Hamilton, Ont. high school on Monday afternoon in front of his mother.

Police have identified the victim of a double shooting in Newmarket last Friday as 26-year-old Toronto resident Taylor DeShane.

York Regional Police were called to a home on Colter Street, in the area of Yonge Street and Mulock Drive, on Oct. 4 shortly after 9 p.m. for a report of a shooting.

A 26-year-old male, later identified as DeShane, and a 23-year-old female were found suffering from gunshot wounds in front of the residence. The female victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. DeShane was also taken to hospital but later died of his injuries.

Const. Andy Pattenden said that a dark-colored car pulled up the driveway and two armed suspects started shooting at the victims, who were both seated in a white Ford Escape SUV that was parked in the driveway.

According to police, the suspects fired a lot of shots at the victims vehicle, marking it with bullet holes.

In a statement released following the incident, Airbnb said the booking guest has now been removed from the platform.

The senseless violence reported is abhorrent and has no place in the Airbnb community, and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by this incident, the statement read. We stand ready to support York Regional Police in their investigation.

Pattenden said that investigators believe there were witnesses to the shooting and are asking them to come forward.