The Toronto police have released the name of two men killed in a shooting on Sunday afternoon outside a popular bar in the city’s east end.
Travis Vader, who is facing charges for a 2016 mass shooting at an outdoor music festival in Toronto, is accused of killing Tim McLean, 35, and Jordan Manners, 33, a mother of three. The two were killed and four others were wounded, including one person in life-threatening condition, police said. The others were shot in the leg, arm or torso.
“It’s my intention to lay a charge of first-degree murder against Mr. Vader in this matter,” Detective Brian Shiller, the lead investigator in the case, told a news conference Sunday evening. Shiller said he had reviewed surveillance footage and described the scene as a “fiery ball of bullets.”
Authorities said they initially believed there could be one shooter and that two individuals were killed. It’s unclear how many people were in the bar at the time of the shooting.
Vader’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said earlier Sunday that two people had been killed and four injured, the CBC reported.
Vader has been in custody in that year’s deadly shooting at the Danforth Music Festival. That shooting left two dead and 14 injured, and police said he was responsible for both incidents.
Sunday’s fatal shooting, which takes the total number of homicides in Toronto to about 400 for the year, came two days after two people were shot to death outside a house party early Saturday in the city’s west end. Police said Sunday that one man and one woman had been killed. A 23-year-old man also suffered a gunshot wound and was listed in critical condition. Another man was arrested in connection with the shooting, police said.
“With events of this kind occurring on a near-daily basis in our city, it is imperative that we all stand united and remain vigilant to help bring the perpetrators to justice,” Tory told reporters on Sunday.
In a statement, police said officers were called to a well-known bar near the railway tracks early Sunday and found the bodies of the two men.
“The public would be advised that the matter is currently under investigation,” Toronto police said. “As this is a homicide investigation, the media will be requested to be advised of any further details as information becomes available.”