TORONTO — A man has been charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder after a man was shot and killed in front of an upscale restaurant in the heart of downtown Toronto, police said.
The other suspect, a suspect in a separate shooting earlier in the week, has been charged with first-degree murder.
The developments came as Toronto officials focused their security response on Toronto’s Progressive Conservative Party’s leadership race.
William McTaggart, a spokesman for Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, said the charges stem from an incident Tuesday night in an area known as the “financial district.” McTaggart said Saunders briefed senior officers Friday on the developments in the investigation.
Police have not identified the suspect in the unrelated shooting. But on Thursday, the man suspected of carrying out that shooting turned himself in to police. Authorities said he was taken into custody at a hospital and charged with first-degree murder.
Police released a photo and video of the man, who police say was on surveillance footage standing next to the car used by the victims.
“It doesn’t appear to be an act of terrorism, but we will still continue to work our way through the investigation,” McTaggart said.
Another suspect, who police say was in a police car at the time of the shooting and was then involved in a chase with other police officers, has been charged with dangerous driving.
Saunders has called the incident “gruesome” and “horrific.”
The shooting happened in front of a sushi restaurant, while it was packed.
The Toronto Police Service says two men were standing at the corner of Yonge and Dundas streets when an SUV pulled up and fired shots. One man ran to the back of a sushi restaurant and the other man ran toward the food court.
Canada’s TVA network reported that those two men were restaurant employees who were escorting customers out.
The restaurant said that in front of the “Via Ristorante & Sushi Bar,” several shots were fired, and it dropped to the ground. The restaurant took to social media to confirm the shooting, asking customers and employees to stay put while police went room to room searching for the gunman.
A large emergency response team wearing bright yellow jackets entered the high-rise building on Friday.