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'Well-liked' promoter identified as victim in deadly nightclub shooting

Last Updated Jun 30, 2019 at 11:18 pm EDT

Summary

Police said they were called to the Orchid night club at 82 Peter Street at around 2:56 a.m. Sunday


EMS rushed the man to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries, police said.


The Peter Street incident is the fourth gun-related homicide since Thursday.


Police are appealing for anyone to come forward with information following the shooting death of a well-known club promoter.

Police were called to Orchid Nighclub on Peter Street shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday morning for “unknown trouble.” They say staff, who were beginning clean up operations, found a man suffering from life-threatening injuries inside the club.

Paramedics rushed the man to the hospital but he later died of his injuries.

Police have identified the victim as 33-year-old Jordan Armstrong of Markham.

Friends and colleagues tell CityNews Armstrong always took care of people – including his young son, always had a smile for people and was well-liked on the club scene.

Const. David Hopkinson said investigators believe the shooting occurred inside the club.

“We have located a firearm, very close to where we found the victim. It still needs to be tested to determine if it’s linked.”

Police say they are still trying to determine when the actual shooting took place.

“That’s a more difficult issue,” said Hopkinson. “Not all guns create loud explosions, depending on calibre, it can be a small pop. We’re talking about a loud, noisy nightclub.”

Police have not yet released a suspect description as they continued to canvas the area for security footage on Sunday.

They are urging anyone who was at the club the previous night to come forward with any information, no matter how insignificant it might be.

“We’re talking about a nightclub, Saturday night, 3 a.m. …hundreds of people would have been there. We’re hoping that the public can help us and try to determine what our victim was doing, who he was with.”

The shooting is the city’s 32nd homicide for 2019.

The Peter Street shooting is the fourth gun-related homicide since Thursday.

Jaydin Simpson, 17, was shot and killed in the Danzig Street neighbourhood in the city’s east end late Thursday night.

Early Saturday morning, two men were shot and killed outside an apartment building in the Mount Dennis area. A third man was also shot but survived.

Police continue to investigate those incidents.