Man, 21, gunned down in Scarborough apartment building identified

News Dec 04, 2017 by Andrew Palamarchuk Scarborough Mirror

A young man gunned down in the hallway of his Scarborough apartment building Sunday morning in what police believe was a targeted crime has been identified as Malique Ellis.

Toronto police said a lone male suspect entered the 21-year-old victim’s building at 3121 Eglinton Ave. E., near Mason Road, west of Markham Road, and proceeded to the third floor where he came in contact with the victim around 10:20 a.m. Dec. 3.

“Our suspect shot our victim multiple times in the hallway on the third floor of the building and then fled out through the north stairwell into the parking lot,” Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga told reporters at the scene. “That’s the last known direction of travel we have for him.”

Ellis, a resident of the third floor, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We’re going over some surveillance video,” said Idsinga, adding the shooter was dressed in dark clothes including a dark hoodie with white laces around the hood, dark pants and dark shoes.

“He was in the building for about eight minutes between the time of him actually gaining access to the front door and then running out the back door,” said Idsinga, noting the suspect wasn’t buzzed in but followed another resident into the building.

Idsinga, of the homicide squad, said the victim lived in the apartment with a woman and other people. The occupants of the apartment were interviewed by police on Sunday.

Police haven’t yet established a motive in the case.

“It was definitely targeted, and hopefully we will find out why,” Idsinga said.

A man related to Ellis suffered a hand wound after smashing some glass in anger once he found out the victim had been shot and killed, said Idsinga.

Police haven’t recovered the murder weapon.

Idsinga said about a dozen shots were fired.

“I’m glad no one else was struck by any of the stray rounds,” he said.

Police are getting cooperation from witnesses, said Idsinga.

A resident who didn’t give his name described the building as very quiet. The man, who has been living in the building for eight years, said he’s shocked to learn of the murder.

“We’ve never had anything like this before, never,” he said. “We haven’t had any major problems unit now. … It’s too close to home. You don’t expect this in your building.”

A building resident who only identified herself as Christena said she’s not aware of problems with drugs or gangs in the building.

“I’ve lived here almost a year now and I haven’t heard of anything like this happen (before),” she said. “So far it’s (been) nice.”

Ellis is the city’s 57th murder victim of the year.

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).

Man, 21, gunned down in Scarborough apartment building identified

News Dec 04, 2017 by Andrew Palamarchuk Scarborough Mirror

A young man gunned down in the hallway of his Scarborough apartment building Sunday morning in what police believe was a targeted crime has been identified as Malique Ellis.

Toronto police said a lone male suspect entered the 21-year-old victim’s building at 3121 Eglinton Ave. E., near Mason Road, west of Markham Road, and proceeded to the third floor where he came in contact with the victim around 10:20 a.m. Dec. 3.

“Our suspect shot our victim multiple times in the hallway on the third floor of the building and then fled out through the north stairwell into the parking lot,” Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga told reporters at the scene. “That’s the last known direction of travel we have for him.”

Ellis, a resident of the third floor, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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“We’re going over some surveillance video,” said Idsinga, adding the shooter was dressed in dark clothes including a dark hoodie with white laces around the hood, dark pants and dark shoes.

“He was in the building for about eight minutes between the time of him actually gaining access to the front door and then running out the back door,” said Idsinga, noting the suspect wasn’t buzzed in but followed another resident into the building.

Idsinga, of the homicide squad, said the victim lived in the apartment with a woman and other people. The occupants of the apartment were interviewed by police on Sunday.

Police haven’t yet established a motive in the case.

“It was definitely targeted, and hopefully we will find out why,” Idsinga said.

A man related to Ellis suffered a hand wound after smashing some glass in anger once he found out the victim had been shot and killed, said Idsinga.

Police haven’t recovered the murder weapon.

Idsinga said about a dozen shots were fired.

“I’m glad no one else was struck by any of the stray rounds,” he said.

Police are getting cooperation from witnesses, said Idsinga.

A resident who didn’t give his name described the building as very quiet. The man, who has been living in the building for eight years, said he’s shocked to learn of the murder.

“We’ve never had anything like this before, never,” he said. “We haven’t had any major problems unit now. … It’s too close to home. You don’t expect this in your building.”

A building resident who only identified herself as Christena said she’s not aware of problems with drugs or gangs in the building.

“I’ve lived here almost a year now and I haven’t heard of anything like this happen (before),” she said. “So far it’s (been) nice.”

Ellis is the city’s 57th murder victim of the year.

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).

Man, 21, gunned down in Scarborough apartment building identified

News Dec 04, 2017 by Andrew Palamarchuk Scarborough Mirror

A young man gunned down in the hallway of his Scarborough apartment building Sunday morning in what police believe was a targeted crime has been identified as Malique Ellis.

Toronto police said a lone male suspect entered the 21-year-old victim’s building at 3121 Eglinton Ave. E., near Mason Road, west of Markham Road, and proceeded to the third floor where he came in contact with the victim around 10:20 a.m. Dec. 3.

“Our suspect shot our victim multiple times in the hallway on the third floor of the building and then fled out through the north stairwell into the parking lot,” Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga told reporters at the scene. “That’s the last known direction of travel we have for him.”

Ellis, a resident of the third floor, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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“We’re going over some surveillance video,” said Idsinga, adding the shooter was dressed in dark clothes including a dark hoodie with white laces around the hood, dark pants and dark shoes.

“He was in the building for about eight minutes between the time of him actually gaining access to the front door and then running out the back door,” said Idsinga, noting the suspect wasn’t buzzed in but followed another resident into the building.

Idsinga, of the homicide squad, said the victim lived in the apartment with a woman and other people. The occupants of the apartment were interviewed by police on Sunday.

Police haven’t yet established a motive in the case.

“It was definitely targeted, and hopefully we will find out why,” Idsinga said.

A man related to Ellis suffered a hand wound after smashing some glass in anger once he found out the victim had been shot and killed, said Idsinga.

Police haven’t recovered the murder weapon.

Idsinga said about a dozen shots were fired.

“I’m glad no one else was struck by any of the stray rounds,” he said.

Police are getting cooperation from witnesses, said Idsinga.

A resident who didn’t give his name described the building as very quiet. The man, who has been living in the building for eight years, said he’s shocked to learn of the murder.

“We’ve never had anything like this before, never,” he said. “We haven’t had any major problems unit now. … It’s too close to home. You don’t expect this in your building.”

A building resident who only identified herself as Christena said she’s not aware of problems with drugs or gangs in the building.

“I’ve lived here almost a year now and I haven’t heard of anything like this happen (before),” she said. “So far it’s (been) nice.”

Ellis is the city’s 57th murder victim of the year.

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).