‘This was certainly a cowardly act,’ says Toronto police chief

The police said the victim was identified as Johnathon Manley, 30, of Toronto. His family said he was shot at close range Sunday morning, reports the Toronto Star. He was pronounced dead at the…

‘This was certainly a cowardly act,’ says Toronto police chief

The police said the victim was identified as Johnathon Manley, 30, of Toronto. His family said he was shot at close range Sunday morning, reports the Toronto Star.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“This is a big trauma,” said Chief Mark Saunders at a press conference. “Our hearts go out to the family.”

“This was certainly a cowardly act, a cold-blooded act,” he added.

The homicide investigation is ongoing.

Police said a woman in her 20s was also found shot inside a home on Paseo Del Carmelo Street. She remains in critical condition.

Both victims lived in the same apartment building.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends. Please lift them up in prayer,” Saunders said.

Niya Langford, 21, the man who allegedly shot Mr. Manley, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a weapon and assault. He was expected to appear in court on Tuesday. Police later arrested a second suspect in the case, Travis Kane, 25, who was charged with manslaughter and unauthorized possession of a firearm. He was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

The murder investigation at the home of Mr. Manley and Ms. Langford is being run independently of the Homicide Unit’s downtown murder investigation, as both are still in the early stages of the investigation.

Police continued the homicide investigation into the death of 50-year-old Yewande Olokobi, whose body was found at the intersection of Finch Avenue West and Finch Avenue East on Monday morning.

Mr. Olokobi, who lived in Thorncliffe Park, was shot and killed in the overnight hours of Sunday and found at 3:19 a.m. Monday in a home just a few blocks from his home, reports the Toronto Star.

Supt. Mike Earl, head of the homicide squad, has said this is the city’s 28th homicide of the year.

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