Police say a “chance meeting” between two men on an east-end Toronto sidewalk last month ended in them gunning each other down.
Jonathan Stefan Khan, 21, and Shawn Chestnut-Reddick, 22, both died of multiple gunshot wounds after the March 19 incident outside a club (The Mediterranean Social Club on Danforth Avenue east of Woodbine Avenue).
Det. Shawn Mahoney says the two men knew each other and travelled in the same circles but they had a “pre-existing conflict” with each other before they met unintentionally on the sidewalk that day.
Mahoney says an argument ensued, leading to a fist fight altercation that ended with both men pulling out guns and shooting each other.
One gun was located at the scene, under Khan, while Mahoney says the other was taken from the scene by a third person and has not been recovered.
Police are investigating the removal of that weapon separately but Mahoney says the homicide investigation into the two men’s deaths is now closed.
He says Chestnut-Reddick suffered three gunshot wounds and Khan seven. No one else was injured.
Both men were known to police. Their deaths were the 14th and 15th homicides of the year in the city.
Police say residents in the community, including some who provided security camera footage, helped investigators solve the case.