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Suspect wanted in shooting death of Hamilton man outside west-end plaza

Last Updated Sep 18, 2017 at 11:55 am EDT

Akil Whyte, 24, from Toronto, is wanted for first-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Leonard Pinnock on April 21, 2017. Police released Whyte's photo on Sept. 18, 2017. HANDOUT/@TPSHomicide

Toronto police have issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for a suspect wanted in the shooting death of a Hamilton man in the spring.

Leonard Pinnock, 33, was shot and killed while sitting in his car in a plaza parking lot in the Dufferin Street and Bowie Avenue area, near Eglinton Avenue West, the night of April 21.

He was in Toronto to give a ride to a friend.

Pinnock was in his car when two men, dressed in hoodies, approached his car and opened fire.

Akil Whyte, 24, from Toronto, is wanted for first-degree murder. He is considered armed and dangerous.

At a news conference on Monday, Det.-Sgt. Joyce Schertzer said Whyte is also wanted for conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, specifically trafficking cocaine – a charge stemming from another police investigation.

In May, police released surveillance video showing the two suspects. Police are still trying to identify the second suspect.

At the time, investigators said they believe this was a random attack, adding there was nothing to suggest in Pinnock’s background that would provide a motive for the shooting.

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