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Police identify man found shot to death in East York apartment building stairwell

Last Updated Nov 5, 2019 at 3:44 pm EDT

Toronto police have identified a man who was found shot to death in the stairwell of an apartment building in East York early Tuesday morning.

Warren Pearson, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene after police were called to the complex on Eastdale Avenue near Danforth Avenue and Dawes Road just before 5 a.m.

Police said a resident found the man in the second level of the stairwell.

Shell casings were also found at the scene, but a weapon hasn’t been recovered.

Det. Stephen Henkel said a group of young men were seen in the lobby of the building early this morning and prior to the shooting.

“There is indication that the individuals were in the lobby between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m.,” he said.

It was initially reported that the homicide unit had not taken over the investigation but Henkel said, “There’s no mistaking this was a homicide.”

This is city’s 62nd homicide of the year.