Bus stop shootings bring Toronto police to Hamilton for investigation

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Published February 23, 2024 at 12:55 pm

Toronto Police are combing Hamilton Mountain for evidence connected to two random shootings at a North York bus stop, one of which proved fatal.

The first shooting occurred on Jane St. and Driftwood Ave.  on Feb. 16. In this first instance a 16-year-old boy was waiting for the bus when he was randomly shot. He was rushed to hospital with life-threatening wounds. As of a police press conference on Tuesday, he has been stablized and remains in hospital.

Not even 24 hours later, a second victim was shot three times at the same bus stop. He too was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries there. Police later identified him as Adu Boakye, 40 of Ghana, a father of four.

Investigators say Boakye was “innocently going about his business,” as was the teenager, when they were “shot indiscriminately.”

Witnesses saw the shooter flee the scene in a black Acura RDX SUV. The car was later found in Hamilton near Paramount Dr. and Mud St.

Around the same time, police learned of an unidentified suspect. They describe him as a thin Black man between 18 and 25 years old. He was wearing a black coat, a white hoodie, black pants, black shoes, a black face covering and possibly a white surgical mask.

On Feb. 23, Toronto police sent a large group of officers to Valley Park, the area the car was found. Witnesses report Toronto’s Homicide Unit, K-9 Unit and Marine Unit are on scene to search for the murder weapon. Investigators believe the gun may have been dumped in the area.

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