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Victim identified in King and Spadina shooting

Last Updated Dec 20, 2018 at 5:31 pm EDT

Police at the scene of a double shooting in the King and Spadina area that left one man dead and a woman injured on Dec. 19, 2018. CITYNEWS/Bert Dandy

Toronto police have identified a man who was shot and killed in downtown Toronto on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old man was walking with a group of people in the area of King Street West and Spadina Avenue just after midnight, when he was approached by the suspect and shot multiple times. He was rushed to hospital, where he later died.

Police have since identified him as Edwin “Chris” Humberto Velasquez from Toronto.

A woman in her 20s, who was walking in the area, was also shot but her injuries are not life-threatening.

Police said the suspect fled the area in a vehicle believed to be a blue Mazda. The licence plate on the vehicle is ATVP 407, but police say that plate is not associated to that vehicle.

Security images of the car can be seen below. Click here to watch video of the vehicle.

Security image of a suspect vehicle involved in a fatal shooting at King Street and Spadina Avenue on Dec. 19, 2018. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Services.
Security image of a suspect vehicle involved in a fatal shooting at King Street and Spadina Avenue on Dec. 19, 2018. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service
Security image of a suspect vehicle involved in a fatal shooting at King Street and Spadina Avenue on Dec. 19, 2018. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Services.
Security image of a suspect vehicle involved in a fatal shooting at King Street and Spadina Avenue on Dec. 19, 2018. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

This latest homicide, which is the city’s 95th of the year, was among six shootings that took place across the city in 24 hours that left two people dead and others injured.

Toronto has had a record number of homicides this year — although the total includes the 10 killed in the van attack in April.

More than half of the 95 murders were shootings.

The previous record of 89 homicides was set in 1991.