By Raúl A. Pinto
The identity of a man who was killed Monday, has been released by Toronto Police.
Const. Wendy Drummond told Humber News that the 31-year-old male is Deronn Earle. The incident was described as an ambush by investigating officers.
“Detective Dean Burks informed us that the man was shot in his chest, found by the police near Queen Street and Ontario Street, and pronounced dead at hospital,” Drummond said.
Drummond could not confirm reports that there was a female companion with Earle, if the shooting was gang related, or the description of any suspect.
Leslie Shepard, spokesperson for St. Michael’s Hospital, confirmed Earle was treated at the hospital, which is located one kilometre away from the incident.
Sarah Goldvine, manager of media relations & issues management at Toronto Community Housing Co. (TCH), said they are working very closely with local police to clarify any information about the incident. She was unable to confirm any details about the shooting.
TCH has released a statement urging the public to cooperate with the investigation.
“Just like everyone else in Toronto, our residents deserve to be able to enjoy their homes without fear. But criminals are continuing to bring violence to the doorsteps of our residents’ homes. Yesterday’s homicide at Moss Park is just the latest reminder that we all have to stand together to rid our communities of crime,” the statement said.
Anybody with information relating to the incident is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.