For the second time in 11 days York Regional Police are investigating a fatal daytime shooting in a public parking lot.
Around 4:30 p.m., Sunday shoppers at a busy retail plaza in Woodbridge heard multiple shots outside a HomeSense store, according to police. Emergency responders found a 40-year-old man lying in the parking lot with no pulse.
He was pronounced dead in hospital.
The victim’s name has not been released.
“To have this happen in the middle of the day in such a busy area is definitely concerning,” said Cst. Pattenden. “That’s why we need anyone who saw anything to come forward.”
For several hours following the shooting, police were interviewing everyone leaving the plaza as well canvassing businesses for video surveillance.
Witnesses told investigators that a grey car fled the parking lot shortly before police arrived on scene.
The mall sits near the intersection Highway 7 and Weston Rd. in Woodbridge, about six kilometres east of the scene of another brazen daytime murder on Apr. 24.
Gunmen shot Carmine Verduci, 56, several times outside a social club near Highway 7 and Martin Grove Rd. He had been named by Italian prosecutors as a member Canadian member of the ‘Ndrangheta criminal network based in Calabria, Italy.