Police have made an arrest in the murder of a 36-year-old Ajax man who they say was shot ‘senselessly’ in a parking lot in Scarborough Square early Saturday morning over a chain which he wore around his neck.
Investigators say the victim, identified as Peter Oscar Khan, was in a parking lot at the back of a plaza near Sheppard and Morningside Avenues around 3 a.m. Saturday when the suspect approached him, telling him ripped a chain from his neck at gunpoint and shot him.
Police allege the suspect “nonchalantly” walked away from the scene after the shooting, but soon found another victim in the same parking lot, who was also wearing a chain. It is alleged that the suspect also shot this victim and fled with the jewelry, before getting into a vehicle and driving off.
Both men were taken to hospital after the shooting. Khan was pronounced dead shortly after arriving while the other victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.
Police said investigators have since determined that the same suspect was also responsible for a third “chain tearing” robbery in the Kennedy and Ellesmere Roads area about 90 minutes before the shooting. No injuries were reported as a result of this flight.
“It was a very, very tragic incident, a senseless act of violence,” Det. sergeant. Tiffany Castell told reporters at a press conference Wednesday morning. “Having three robberies, individuals held at gunpoint, happen in the space of 90 minutes and someone losing their life in such a senseless way is truly devastating and I’m so grateful that we have been able to carry out this in the sense that we can seek justice. But it doesn’t bring Mr. Khan back and it doesn’t bring any comfort to the community in the sense that they lost someone they really loved.
Police released CCTV footage of the suspect and a vehicle he allegedly fled the scene in about 24 hours after the shooting.
Castell said a “sharp-eyed officer” from the 41st Division Community Response Unit then spotted the suspicious vehicle in a parking lot on Kennedy and Ellesmere roads late Sunday afternoon, not far from the where the previous flight took place.
She said police were in the process of seizing the vehicle when a suspect showed up and tried to get inside. He then took off on foot but was apprehended about 15 minutes later following a foot chase.
He was initially charged with robbery-related offenses and held for 72 hours, but on Tuesday police added a first-degree murder charge in connection with Khan’s death.
Castell said police were continuing to investigate but did not believe Khan was targeted for any reason other than the theft.
“These are property jewels that were removed from the neck of the deceased and that is why he lost his life, because of a chain that he unfortunately had around his neck,” she said.
The suspect has been identified by police as Johvan Waldron, 27.