TORONTO – Police have identified the man who was fatally shot Wednesday evening in Brampton, Ontario, near the city of Mississauga.
Witnesses told police they saw the suspect fleeing the scene in a vehicle after the shooting. The man was found injured a short time later, bleeding and unresponsive, and died a short time later in a hospital. The victim, 26-year-old Richard Scattergood, died of a gunshot wound.
Police are looking for a suspect described as a heavyset man, possibly in his mid-30s, with a ponytail.
“Everyone is shocked, upset. It’s sad,” an anonymous neighbor told the Toronto Sun. “I’ve lived in this neighbourhood for a year now and never had any type of incident like this.”
The identity of the victim was released in a Toronto Police news release as news of the incident spread through social media and news reports. Two suspects were seen on the porch of a home in the area of Logan Avenue and Wellington Drive, and one suspect ran to a dark-colored SUV to flee the scene, the Toronto Sun reported. The newspaper, citing a neighbor who had witnessed the shooting, said police were seen looking for shell casings in the street.
No arrests have been made.
Toronto city councillor Mike Layton tweeted that the incident was one of three in the past 24 hours that left people dead in the city. He posted a photo of the twin-concealed-carry sidearms that were found on the crime scene, which he said were bought in the U.S.
The shooting comes just days after a fatal shooting at the Eaton Centre mall in downtown Toronto left one person dead and 10 injured.
Though officials have so far declined to comment on whether Wednesday’s shooting was related to the Eaton Centre shooting, the Toronto Sun identified the incident as a possible retaliation shooting for the fatal mall shooting.