‘I need you to talk’: Toronto police chief pleads partygoers to help stalled probe into Muzik shooting

With suspects still at large more than a week after two people were shot dead at a nightclub, the city’s police chief Tuesday issued a plea to the thousands of party-goers who were there when the gunfire started.

“If you saw something, I need you to talk,” Police Chief Mark Saunders said, signalling few people have come forward after the Aug. 3 shooting at an after-party that marked the end of Canadian rapper ’s annual Fest in Toronto.

, 23, was shot dead on the patio of nightclub in what police now believe was a targeted killing, Saunders said.

, 26, died after becoming caught in the crossfire of a second bout of gunfire metres away from the club. She later died in hospital.

Saunders said that shooting, near the Dufferin Street gate into the Canadian National Exhibition grounds, was “forensically linked” to the shooting inside Muzik. Three other party-goers were injured just outside the patio — two of whom remained in hospital Tuesday.

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In the days after the shooting, Drake, usually a Toronto darling, has faced criticism for his silence on the matter. But despite multiple prods from reporters Tuesday, Saunders refused “to start picking on people.”

“This wasn’t done in a closet, in a basement. It was done in a public space with thousands of people,” he said. Police released descriptions of two suspects and opened an online portal for witnesses to upload photos and video.

But the response has been disappointing.

“A lot of people are afraid. They’re afraid to come forward and they’re afraid to talk because they fear that something might happen to them,” Saunders said.

“When you don’t talk, it encourages these types of people to carry firearms with them.”

National Post

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