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Police call killing of unarmed man near Weston Road ‘a public execution’

This image from Toronto Police shows a vehicle that police believe may be linked to the shooting of Leonard Charles Fullerton on Oct. 30, 2012.

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Toronto police are looking for a tipster who may have information needed to solve the shooting death of Leonard Charles Fullerton.

Mr. Fullerton, 26, who was known to his friends as Chris or Curls, was killed on Oct. 30 around 4 p.m. outside a pizza shop on the southeast corner of Weston Road and Denarda Street, just north of Eglinton Avenue.

About an hour after the shooting, a man with a common name telephoned police at 12 Division. He reported seeing the suspected shooter entering a silver Acura.

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"You provided us with good direction and we need to speak with you," said Detective Sergeant Frank Skubic, appealing directly to the person who called. "However, we have been unable to contact you."

Det. Sgt. Skubic said witnesses had reported seeing Mr. Fullerton engaged in a verbal argument with another individual at that corner. Mr. Fullerton started to walk away, and that's when the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot at him at least five times.

"Mr. Fullerton stumbled towards the corner, fell to the sidewalk, mortally wounded," said Det. Sgt. Skubic. "This was a public execution of a defenceless and unarmed man."

A stray bullet entered a nearby building. It went through a window frame, and travelled through a living room and a kitchen. Nobody was hurt by the stray bullet, said Det. Sgt. Skubic.

The suspect may have fled east on Denarda Street, on foot at first. Several witnesses say they saw the suspect get away in a small, four-door, silver car, according to Det. Sgt. Skubic. A police officer responding to the shooting may have captured a video of the silver car from the surveillance camera in the cruiser. The car is seen going south on Weston Road near Eglinton Avenue about a minute and 15 seconds after 911 calls started coming in.

The suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion, and about six feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a dark hooded wool jacket with white accents at the time of the shooting, said Det. Sgt. Skubic.

Mr. Fullerton was a father of two young children - a boy and a girl, aged 2 and 8, respectively, and he lived with his mother, according to Det. Sgt. Skubic. He also had a minor criminal record, but the detective would not say what for.

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When he was killed, police found some money, marijuana and crack cocaine in his possession.

"Certainly, having a variety of drugs and having money leads me to suspect he may have been dealing drugs in the area," said Det. Sgt. Skubic.

Police will canvass the neighbourhood again on Saturday, Nov. 3. Det. Sgt. Skubic is encouraging residents to speak with the officers while they are there. He added that he is confident the suspect frequents the area regularly.

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