Toronto’s police chief Anthony Hatfield said Friday that two men fatally shot on a city street Sunday night were 23-year-old Shahbaz Ali and 39-year-old Richard Kachkar.
Hatfield identified Kachkar as the shooter who reportedly exited a black pick-up truck and opened fire on a line of pedestrians in the west end of the city. At least 15 people were injured.
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The shooter then drove about two miles and engaged in a shootout with police officers that was caught on camera by a nearby residence. Officers fatally shot Kachkar in the second shootout and he died at a nearby hospital.
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When asked about the significance of the “gun in the rack” video, Hatfield told reporters: “It would be too soon for us to say what the importance is of that video.”
“All I know is, it was a black pick-up truck. The colour, we have some similarity of reference to a black pick-up truck in that vehicle. And there’s a black pickup truck displayed there,” he said.
“It’s not about the black truck itself,” he added. “That is an interesting video but as far as what that video has to do with today, we need to see more and we have to get more than the video.”
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Ali was working on a house in the same area when he and Kachkar were shot, Hatfield said. “We believe there was a motive for the shooting which was known to the individual,” he said, adding: “We believe it was done in order to repay a debt that had been paid.”
Kachkar was unemployed and had a gun licence, according to the Postmedia newspaper.
Police said the investigation was ongoing.