2 bus stop shooting victims were 'innocently going about' their business when shot: Toronto police

Toronto police have identified a victim and released suspect information connected with two shootings last week that have left residents in north Toronto shaken.

Investigators identify man who died as Adu Boakye, 39, from Ghana

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Toronto police identified Adu Boakye, 39, as the victim of a shooting that happened near a north Toronto bus stop over the weekend. (Toronto Police Service handout)

Toronto police say two victims who were shot near a north Toronto bus stop last week were hit "indiscriminately" while going about their day.

At a news conference Tuesday, Det. Sgt. Phillip Campbell said 39-year-old Adu Boakye was walking by a bus shelter near Jane Street and Driftwood Avenue when he was fatally shot Saturday afternoon.

Boakye was "innocently going about his business," Campbell said, as was the 16-year-old boy who was shot in the same area and sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries almost 24 hours prior.

"We believe these two victims were shot indiscriminately," said Campbell, adding neither victim has any affiliation with gang-related activity.

"One person is dead and the other has had their life altered forever."

The first incident took place around 6 p.m. Friday when a 16-year-old boy was waiting for the bus alone before he was shot in the face. Supt. Andy Singh said the boy, who was on his way to a volleyball game at the time of the shooting, is known as an "avid sports player" and a "good student."

As of Tuesday, he remains in hospital with "significant" injuries, but is in stable condition, according to police.

Then around 3 p.m. on Saturday, Boakye was shot three times — twice in the stomach — while walking past 4359 Jane St., and later died in hospital.

Police say the two victims have no connection with each other or any potential suspects.

Boakye came to Canada in November to support his family, Campbell said. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

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Toronto police Det. Sgt. Phillip Campbell is pictured during a news conference in Toronto on Feb. 20, 2024. Police provided updates in their investigation into the shooting of two people in separate incidents at a bus stop. (Alex Lupul/CBC)

Police release suspect information

Although no arrests have been made, Toronto police say they are looking for a male around 18 to 25 years old, with a thin build. 

He was seen wearing a black coat, a white hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black shoes, a black face covering and possibly a white surgical mask underneath. 

Investigators say they can't rule out the possibility that the attacks were related to gang violence.

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Toronto police say they're looking for a man, somewhere between 18 to 25 years old, in connection to two bus stop shootings that happened last Friday and Saturday. (Toronto Police Service handout)

Police have ramped up their presence in the area as a result of the shootings and have set up a command post that will be in place for at least a week.

Residents of the neighbourhood have said the shootings have left them feeling uneasy, with some even opting to avoid taking the bus for some trips. Singh said the incidents have traumatized not only the victims' families, but the community at large.

"It's really important for the community to know that we're here for your safety," said Singh.

"This is brazen, it was during the daylight hours and that's why we want to bring this person to justice."

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A Toronto police command truck is pictured on Driftwood Avenue in Toronto, on Feb. 18, 2024. Police have increased their presence in the area after two shootings near a bus stop in the neighbourhood last week. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press)

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow said her office is in contact with police and that city crisis response workers are available to check in with residents and provide counselling.

"The residents of this neighbourhood, many families with children, deserve to know they will be safe waiting at a bus stop or walking down the street," she wrote in a statement.

"My heart goes out to the family of Adu Boakye and to the young person that was injured in the tragic and senseless shootings at Jane and Driftwood."

Police, crediting help from the public, have also tracked down a stolen black Acura they say is connected to the shootings. Police said the vehicle was stolen in Toronto and found in Hamilton, but they are still looking for any more video footage or information on the vehicle and the shootings.

"We're looking for the community's help in identifying this individual and any other information that can assist us," said Singh.

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Toronto police say two people shot on two different days at the same bus stop were both indiscriminately targeted. They're searching for a suspect, and the community is anxious about safety.

With files from The Canadian Press