Shoaib Asakzai, 25, from Toronto was shot multiple times close to Thorncliffe Park Drive and Overlea Boulevard on Saturday at around 6:20 p.m. He was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead two hours later.
Police said they were called at 6:22 p.m. after a report of shooting at 71 Thorncliffe Park Dr. They found Asakzai in the back parking lot of the high-rise, with life-threatening injuries.
Asakzai is the city’s 11th homicide of 2017. The Toronto police homicide unit is now handling the investigation.
Police closed Thorncliffe Park Drive in both directions for a time on Saturday night while they investigated the shooting.
Authorities have not yet released any information about the suspect(s).
A neighbourhood resident familiar with Asakzai said the victim lived in Scarborough but visited Thorncliffe Park fairly often. Published reports from July, 2011 say that Asakzai and a friend were arrested after a violent altercation at an East York mall that left three people wounded with knife and gunshot wounds. As a result, Asakzai, then 20, was charged with pointing a firearm and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.