Image released of suspect wanted in fatal shooting at Toronto plaza parking lot

Image released of suspect wanted in fatal shooting at Toronto plaza parking lot
Its just a matter of time before we locate you, detective tells Scarborough shooter
Police say the male suspect accused of killing 18-year-old Elliott Reid-Doyle in a Scarborough parking lot last week knew him for no more than one minute before firing several shots at him and fleeing on foot.

Det. Leslie Dunkley released a surveillance camera clip of the suspect in Reid-Doyles murder ordering some food at a shop at 7 Bonis Avenue on the afternoon of Oct. 3 at about 1:30 p.m.

Less than a minute later, Dunkley says, the suspect was outside and ran into Reid-Doyle. Words were exchanged, shots were fired and Reid-Doyle was pronounced dead in hospital less than one hour later.

We dont believe that they knew each other prior to the incident and the shooting was a result of that interaction that they had with each other.

“We know there is a number of schools in the vicinity and it would have been lunch time at that particular time, so that does raise a concern for us,” Dunkley said.

I urge the suspect in this case to contact a lawyer and turn himself in, Dunkley said Friday. Its just a matter of time before we locate you.

Police have released few details about the homicide at this point, only saying that witnesses reported seeing a suspect fleeing southbound on Birchmount Road.

Dunkley said officers have obtained other surveillance footage from that day, but are not prepared to release any of it.

A number of elementary and high schools in the area were placed in lock down for several hours after the incident.

The suspect was described as a black male, standing five-feet-eleven inches tall, with a thin build. He was wearing all dark clothing that day, along with a number of gold rings on his left hand.

The shooting victim, identified as Elliott Reid-Doyle of Toronto, was transported to a trauma centre in life-threatening condition but later died.

Police said the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached if seen.

Det. Leslie Dunkley said the suspect had entered an establishment in the plaza and was leaving when he had a brief interaction with the victim.

A male suspect wanted in the Oct. 3 shooting death of Elliott Reid-Doyle in Scarborough is shown in a surveillance camera image. (TPS)

“It was a verbal interaction between them, resulting in the suspect brandishing a firearm, firing shots,” Dunkley said.

Police have released a photo of 18-year-old Elliott Reid-Doyle, who was shot and killed in Scarborough on Wednesday. (Toronto Police Service/ handout)

It's "just a matter of time" before the suspect in the shooting death of an 18-year-old man at a Scarborough Plaza last week is identified and arrested, a Toronto police homicide detective says.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

Elliott Reid-Doyle was gunned down at a plaza at Birchmount Road and Bonis Avenue around 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, according to Toronto police. His death marks the city's 83rd homicide of 2018.

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Det. Leslie Dunkley told reporters Friday that investigators have sifted through a great deal of surveillance footage from the plaza and have found clear footage of a suspect. Despite their best efforts they have yet to identify him, and are appealing to the public for help.

Back on the day of the shooting, police said Reid-Doyle was in the company of two or three other men at the time he was shot. 

But Dunkley did not mention this at Friday's news conference. He only said that the victim and the suspect had "an interaction" in the plaza's parking lot shortly after the suspect was caught on the video released Friday. The suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and fired several shots, Dunkley said.

Investigators don't believe the two men knew each other prior to the shooting, Dunkley said. He would not divulge further details about the nature of their interaction.

"The fact that it did happen in broad daylight — we know that there are a number of schools in the vicinity and it would have been lunchtime at that particular time — so that does raise a concern for us, the fact that someone is brandishing a firearm and in possession of a firearm and is willing to use it," Dunkley said.

Dunkley provided few details about the victim, except to say he lived with his family in Toronto and "was in the process of trying to do positive things in his life."

The suspect is described as a black male, aged 18 to 23, who stands between 5'10" and 6'2" with a skinny build. He was wearing his hair in cornrows and had a dark-coloured tracksuit on. He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, said Dunkley.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspect is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.

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