Soumik Asgar identified as North York murder victim by Toronto police

News Jun 12, 2017 by Andrew Palamarchuk North York Mirror

The man gunned down early Sunday in North York’s Emery neighbourhood has been identified as 20-year-old Soumik Asgar.

Toronto police said they were called to Blue Haven Crescent, southeast of Finch and Islington avenues, for a shooting at 2:27 a.m. June 11.

Asgar was found injured in the driver’s seat of a car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe that there was a passenger in the victim’s vehicle at the time of the gunfire who fled prior to police arriving.

Police had initially appealed for the passenger, who likely witnessed the shooting, to come forward; police have since said that they’re no longer looking for that person and that they “would like to thank the public for their assistance.”

Others with information though are still being sought.

“Anyone who may have witnessed anything, heard or seen anything at all, we’re appealing to them to come forward and speak with us,” Toronto police spokesperson Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said.

The constable noted police received reports that six-to-seven shots were heard.

But area resident Safi Gharwal said he heard 15-to-20 shots “being fired all at once” as he and his brother were playing video games.

“And that was it. It just quieted down after that,” he said. “I definitely knew it was gunshots.”

Gharwal said he has personally heard at least five other shootings in the area in the eight years he’s been in the neighbourhood.

“The area is definitely not something that we consider a safe zone,” he said. “At night, I don’t go out, and during the day I’m also very cautious. I have siblings as well. I tell them all the time to be careful (and) don’t hang out in the area too much.”

A man who moved into a nearby townhouse complex just a week earlier said he was woken up by numerous shots.

“Then I searched on my phone the difference between gunshots and fireworks,” said the man, who didn’t give his name. “I tried to go back to sleep, but a few minutes later I heard sirens. Then I knew it was gunshots.”

Halima Hassan, also a townhouse complex resident, said there should be more police patrols in the area, especially on weekends.

“Several times we heard gunshots on weekends and we’re scared to go outside. We don’t know what’s going on.”

Another area resident, who didn’t want to be identified, said there were “a lot of gang issues” in the townhouse complex seven-to-10 years ago.

“It has since subsided,” he said, adding the fatal shooting is “upsetting, scary.”

Asgar is the city’s 21st murder victim of 2017.

Police didn’t release a description of the shooter or shooters.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the homicide squad at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).


Soumik Asgar identified as North York murder victim by Toronto police

Asgar found shot to death in vehicle on Blue Haven Crescent

News Jun 12, 2017 by Andrew Palamarchuk North York Mirror

The man gunned down early Sunday in North York’s Emery neighbourhood has been identified as 20-year-old Soumik Asgar.

Toronto police said they were called to Blue Haven Crescent, southeast of Finch and Islington avenues, for a shooting at 2:27 a.m. June 11.

Asgar was found injured in the driver’s seat of a car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe that there was a passenger in the victim’s vehicle at the time of the gunfire who fled prior to police arriving.

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Police had initially appealed for the passenger, who likely witnessed the shooting, to come forward; police have since said that they’re no longer looking for that person and that they “would like to thank the public for their assistance.”

Others with information though are still being sought.

“Anyone who may have witnessed anything, heard or seen anything at all, we’re appealing to them to come forward and speak with us,” Toronto police spokesperson Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said.

The constable noted police received reports that six-to-seven shots were heard.

But area resident Safi Gharwal said he heard 15-to-20 shots “being fired all at once” as he and his brother were playing video games.

“And that was it. It just quieted down after that,” he said. “I definitely knew it was gunshots.”

Gharwal said he has personally heard at least five other shootings in the area in the eight years he’s been in the neighbourhood.

“The area is definitely not something that we consider a safe zone,” he said. “At night, I don’t go out, and during the day I’m also very cautious. I have siblings as well. I tell them all the time to be careful (and) don’t hang out in the area too much.”

A man who moved into a nearby townhouse complex just a week earlier said he was woken up by numerous shots.

“Then I searched on my phone the difference between gunshots and fireworks,” said the man, who didn’t give his name. “I tried to go back to sleep, but a few minutes later I heard sirens. Then I knew it was gunshots.”

Halima Hassan, also a townhouse complex resident, said there should be more police patrols in the area, especially on weekends.

“Several times we heard gunshots on weekends and we’re scared to go outside. We don’t know what’s going on.”

Another area resident, who didn’t want to be identified, said there were “a lot of gang issues” in the townhouse complex seven-to-10 years ago.

“It has since subsided,” he said, adding the fatal shooting is “upsetting, scary.”

Asgar is the city’s 21st murder victim of 2017.

Police didn’t release a description of the shooter or shooters.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the homicide squad at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).


Soumik Asgar identified as North York murder victim by Toronto police

Asgar found shot to death in vehicle on Blue Haven Crescent

News Jun 12, 2017 by Andrew Palamarchuk North York Mirror

The man gunned down early Sunday in North York’s Emery neighbourhood has been identified as 20-year-old Soumik Asgar.

Toronto police said they were called to Blue Haven Crescent, southeast of Finch and Islington avenues, for a shooting at 2:27 a.m. June 11.

Asgar was found injured in the driver’s seat of a car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators believe that there was a passenger in the victim’s vehicle at the time of the gunfire who fled prior to police arriving.

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Police had initially appealed for the passenger, who likely witnessed the shooting, to come forward; police have since said that they’re no longer looking for that person and that they “would like to thank the public for their assistance.”

Others with information though are still being sought.

“Anyone who may have witnessed anything, heard or seen anything at all, we’re appealing to them to come forward and speak with us,” Toronto police spokesperson Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said.

The constable noted police received reports that six-to-seven shots were heard.

But area resident Safi Gharwal said he heard 15-to-20 shots “being fired all at once” as he and his brother were playing video games.

“And that was it. It just quieted down after that,” he said. “I definitely knew it was gunshots.”

Gharwal said he has personally heard at least five other shootings in the area in the eight years he’s been in the neighbourhood.

“The area is definitely not something that we consider a safe zone,” he said. “At night, I don’t go out, and during the day I’m also very cautious. I have siblings as well. I tell them all the time to be careful (and) don’t hang out in the area too much.”

A man who moved into a nearby townhouse complex just a week earlier said he was woken up by numerous shots.

“Then I searched on my phone the difference between gunshots and fireworks,” said the man, who didn’t give his name. “I tried to go back to sleep, but a few minutes later I heard sirens. Then I knew it was gunshots.”

Halima Hassan, also a townhouse complex resident, said there should be more police patrols in the area, especially on weekends.

“Several times we heard gunshots on weekends and we’re scared to go outside. We don’t know what’s going on.”

Another area resident, who didn’t want to be identified, said there were “a lot of gang issues” in the townhouse complex seven-to-10 years ago.

“It has since subsided,” he said, adding the fatal shooting is “upsetting, scary.”

Asgar is the city’s 21st murder victim of 2017.

Police didn’t release a description of the shooter or shooters.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the homicide squad at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).