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Man, 33, dies after shooting outside west-end plaza

Last Updated Apr 22, 2017 at 6:34 pm EDT

The homicide unit is investigating after a 33-year-old man was shot and killed in Toronto’s west end on Friday night.

Police were responding to reports of fireworks around 9:30 p.m., when they found the man in a plaza parking lot near Dufferin Street and Bowie Avenue, north of Eglinton Avenue West.

Investigators said the victim, Leonard Pinnock of Hamilton, was sitting in his car waiting for a friend, when he was shot. They believe it was a random attack.

By the time police arrived, Pinnock wasn’t breathing and had no pulse. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several suspects were seen running away, and police are asking nearby residents to check their backyards for items that might have fallen out of the suspects’ pockets, like keys and cell phones.

Police are appealing specifically to residents in the area bounded by Caledonia Road to the west, Dufferin to the east, Eglinton to the south and Castlefield Avenue to the north.

They area also asking anyone with security or dash-cam video of the incident or the suspects to call 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).