Police have released a composite sketch of a “very good looking” suspect wanted in connection to an afternoon drive-by shooting death of 28-year-old Joel Alexander in downtown Toronto last December.
Alexander, who was a father of a five-year-old child, was fatally shot on Dec. 11 around 4:15 p.m. in a parking lot near King Street West and Peter Street in what police say was a targeted shooting.
Police say the deceased had just pulled into the parking lot when another vehicle drove up beside him and starting firing from the passenger side seat.
Joel Alexander, 28, was killed in a ‘targeted’ shooting in downtown Toronto on Dec. 11, 2015. Toronto police
Joel Alexander, 28, was killed in a ‘targeted’ shooting in downtown Toronto on Dec. 11, 2015.
“The suspect vehicle proceeded north on Peter from King Street, did a U-turn and stopped where Mr. Alexander was seated and opened up shooting,” said Det. Sgt. Terry Browne during a press conference Thursday morning.
Alexander, who was with a female passenger, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators have also released an image of the suspect vehicle they believe was involved in the shooting.
It is described as a 2006 Lexus, either a 250 or 350 model, and was captured on video a number of times in various locations that day.
“We now believe that this vehicle actually followed Mr. Alexander for a period of time before he was eventually gunned down,” said Terry.
Browne says the suspect is described as a male black, with light brown skin and 30 years of age.
“He is being described as being a very good looking, or model-like gentleman. He was well-dressed at the time of the shooting,” he said.
Browne say Alexander had no known ties to gangs but was involved in a lifestyle that “put him in a higher risk for an incident such as this.”
Police are urging anyone who may recognize the suspect or the vehicle involved to come forward.
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