Chinatown murder ‘not a wild shooting’

Toronto Police have released the description of a man wanted in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old boy in a Chinatown restaurant over the weekend.

Tien Pham, 17, of Toronto was shot in the back of the head while dining at the Excellent Cantonese Seafood Restaurant at 263 Spadina Ave. at around 3 a.m. Saturday.

The suspect made no attempt to conceal his face, Det.-Sgt. Peter Code said at a press conference this morning.

He said the suspect entered the back door of the restaurant, walked up to the table where Pham was sitting with friends, and shot the boy in the back of the head.

“This act is deliberate, it’s to me,  calculated. It is not a wild shooting,” Code said.

There were about 50 people in the restaurant at the time of the shooting. Despite what Code described as  “heroic” actions by the patrons, the boy was pronounced dead when emergency personnel arrived.

Police are working with the Chinese community in the area and are investigating video surveillance footage.

The suspect is described as as a black man with a light complexion in his early 20s. He has a shaved head and is about 5-foot-7. He was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt, white-rimmed glasses and sneakers.