Suspects were ‘hunting’ the area before they shot North York student in ‘opportunistic killing,’ Toronto police say

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Jeremy Vincent Urbina was taking out the trash last week when he was ambushed and killed by a gunman who had been “hunting” the North York residential complex where the 22-year-old student lived, Toronto police say.

In a media briefing at Toronto police headquarters on Thursday, police released new security camera images of two suspects in an appeal for information in the killing of a man Homicide Det. Sgt. Terry Browne said had “absolutely no history with the Toronto Police Service.”

Police say they found Urbina on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds in a Toronto Community Housing community in the Finch Avenue East and Leslie Street area shortly after 8 p.m. on Dec. 11. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The new images show two men in black hoodies walking through a laundry room, one with the lower half of his face covered with light or pink fabric.

Anyone who knows that man well should be able to identify him from the images, Browne said.

Urbina, a second-year student at OCAD University, was taking out the trash and was returning to the complex when one suspect came up from behind him and “immediately” fired his weapon, Brown said.

The suspect did not exchange words with Urbina before shooting “double digits,” meaning 10 or more, times, he said, adding: “There is absolutely no interaction with Mr. Urbina and the shooter.”

Browne said the suspects were seen scouting the area for six minutes before they attacked Urbina, a fact that suggests they were either looking for a specific person or that, “even more disturbing, they could have been in that area — just in that area looking for anyone who happened to be there.”

“Unfortunately, Mr. Urbina is the victim of what appears to be an opportunistic killing,” in which “a human being was hunting another human being,” Browne said.

He said police do not know where the suspects went after the killing. They were last seen running west on Finch.

“Mr. Urbina did not see this coming,” Browne said.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses, or anyone driving in the area at the time who has dash-cam footage, to contact police.

Urbina was Toronto’s 67th homicide victim of 2019.

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Investigators are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was operating a motor vehicle in the area that was equipped with a dash-camera, to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, or through Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.222tips.com.

Osobe Waberi

Osobe Waberi is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @OsobeWaberi





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