Toronto police are offering a $50,000 reward in hopes of finding the killer of Leonard Fullerton who was murdered in broad daylight in the Mount Dennis area 15 months ago.
On Oct. 30, 2012, at about 4:20 p.m. Fullerton, 26, was walking northbound on Weston Road near Eglinton Avenue West when he was gunned down by a man.
The shooting occurred in a public area in front of a pizzeria and adjacent to a daycare. The suspect ran east on Denarda Street and then fled in a small, silver, four-door Nissan or Honda.
“This was a public execution of a human being who was gunned down on a street corner,” Det. Leslie Dunkley of the homicide unit said at a news conference on Thursday.
“The person responsible for this murder remains at large.”
The unsolved case is now 15 months old but Dunkley, now the lead investigator on the case, said police haven’t stopped investigating the homicide.
He believes there are a number of witnesses “with crucial evidence” who have not spoken with police, and hopes the reward money will attract them to come forward.
Security camera footage released Thursday showed the suspect pulling into a parking lot before leaving and meeting up with Fullerton at the street corner. An argument off camera ensued before Fullerton walked away and was shot a short time later.
Dunkley believes Fullerton was targeted. But he doesn’t know what was said or led to the argument.
“I know that someone knows the identity of the shooter. I’m hoping this reward will stimulate someone to come forward to identify the shooter,” he said.
Fullerton’s father also spoke during the news conference.
“It’s very painful for me to lose my only son,” Leaford Fullerton said, urging anyone with information to speak to police.
“You must realize that it could be your son and getting the feelings that I’m getting. It’s one that’s unbearable.”
Leonard Fullerton’s aunt Marvia Creary said, “He didn’t deserve to die like this.”