Boy, 16, dead in late-night shooting at Leaside Park

Police investigate shots fired at Overlea and Thorncliffe, find car crashed at swimming pool

A 16-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene, after police arrived at 5 Leaside Park Dr. to investigate multiple shots fired just before 11 p.m. Sunday night.

Police reported finding a male with “serious injuries” in a vehicle that had crashed at the building, a public swimming pool near Overlea Boulevard and Millwood Road.

Emergency crews were rushed to the site but despite CPR efforts by paramedics, the victim was pronounced dead.

He was identified as Nazirullah Abdul-Rashid, 16, of Toronto, by police in a press release Monday evening.

People were seen running from the site before police arrived, according to the initial police twitter report.

Suspect descriptions have not been released.

Homicide detectives are investigating, media relations officer Const. David Hopkinson.

Some people have already come forward with information, police say. They are appealing to anyone who was in the area of between 10 and 11 p.m. on Sunday and heard or saw anything out of the ordinary, to call (416) 808-7400.

Residents in Thorncliffe apartment buildings got a bird’s-eye view of the drama, beginning with shots being fired, and praised the quick police response.

The homicide is being counted as Toronto’s 19th of the year.

 

This story has been updated from an earlier version published before the identity of the victim had been released by police.


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