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Police are on the lookout for an individual believed to be responsible for the shooting death of a prominent real estate broker. The homicide took place at a downtown Toronto steakhouse around 9 p.m. the night of Sept. 16. So far, police do not have any specific leads they are sharing publicly, but their investigation is ongoing.

According to the report, shortly before 9 p.m. an unknown person dressed in jogging pants and a tight hoodie that obscured his face entered the restaurant. He approached the 54-year-old broker, who was dining with another individual, and reportedly shot him several times. The other person at the table, as well as the other patrons of the busy establishment, were fortunately unharmed.

The broker, however, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the attack appears to have been targeted, but so far they do not know who would want the man dead. The Mayor of Toronto has committed to working with police services to solve this crime and help to preserve Toronto’s image as a safe place to live and work.

It will be very important for Toronto police to be thorough in their investigation. A homicide charge is very serious and anyone found guilty of the crime could face up to life in prison. If and when a suspect is arrested and brought to trial, that individual’s defense team will work collaboratively with the accused individual to build a formidable case, which will involve a meticulous review of any and all evidence offered by the prosecution in advance of trial.

Source: The Toronto Sun, “Real estate broker gunned down in Toronto steakhouse“, Chris Doucette, Sept. 17, 2017

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