Toronto police have identified 33-year-old Jordan Armstrong as the victim of a deadly shooting inside a nightclub in Toronto's entertainment district in the early hours of Sunday, the city's fifth murder in a violent week.
Staff at Orchid Nightclub at Peter St., near Adelaide St. W. and Spadina Ave., called police after finding Armstrong seriously injured in the club at closing time just before 3 am, Const. David Hopkinson said.
Officers found that he was suffering from gunshot wounds. Armstrong, by Markham, rushed to the hospital where he later died.
A friend identified Armstrong as Star as a club promoter. On his Instagram food, he can be seen as marketing several events at Orchid Nightclub.
"For a second day in the Canada Day in a row, we have experienced an unacceptable level of violence," Mayor John Tory said in a statement responding to the killing. "My heart goes out to families, friends, and communities that have been affected by these pointless acts of violence."
"Toronto has seen a series of gun-related deaths over the past four days. One is too many," Chief of Police Mark Saunders said in a tweet Sunday. "We need public help. If you have any information, video or photos, please contact @TorontoPolice," he wrote.
Police said they believe Armstrong is pushing inside the club.
A gun was picked up by the police "very close" to where Armstrong was found, Hopkinson said, and allowed the police to determine if the gun was involved in the incident.
The police urge all club masters to come up with photographs or videos taken into the crowded spot on Saturday night.
Armstrong is the Toronto 32nd hit by the murder of 2019 and the fifth to die in a series of kills this week.
On Thursday, a teenager identified as Jaydin Simpson shot and killed in the parking lot of a Scarborough residential area just hours after his high school graduation.
Two days later, two men were killed in a targeted double murder in a building in Toronto's Mt. Dennis neighborhood.
On July 1, 2018, Toronto had seen 50 murders, including 24 gun deaths in mid-year.
That year ended with a record-breaking single year of 96 murders.
Armstrong is the 19th person who dies in a deadly shot in the city this year.
Including him, 26 men and six women have been killed in Toronto in 2019. They are:
- Lorraine Kerubo Ogoti, 30, was stowed in an 8th floor of a Scarborough apartment complex on January 8. Her boyfriend, Mowlid Hassan, 40, found himself dead outside the building. The police have stopped Ogoti's death was a murder suicide.
- Hanh (Hana) Nguyen, 41, sticks to her home near Jane St. and St. Clair Ave. W., January 24. Austin Le, 40, was on site and charged with other degrees of murder.
- Jason Otis Lewis, 47, was found dead at an apartment on Broadway Ave., near Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave. E. March 4. An autopsy found that he died of blunt trauma. Quentin Luke Lewis, 42, was arrested two days later and charged with second-degree murders.
- Jennyfer Lachappelle, 41, was found dead on an apartment near Davenport Rd. and Symington Ave. March 13th. Andrew Gerber, 38, has been burdened with second-degree murders. Friends said that Gerber and Lachappelle were in a relationship and may have been engaged.
- Helen Fronczak, 79, was found dead at an apartment near Kipling Ave. and Eglinton Ave. W. on March 19. Larry Fronczak, 80, has been charged with other degrees of murder.
- Wilfred Kent Truman, 77, was killed in his home near Eglinton Ave. W. and Black Creek Dr. April 15th. Kyle Truman, 49, in Toronto, has been charged with first-degree murder.
- Lawrence Taylor Gannon, 28, was shot at Ivy Green Cres., Near Brimorton Dr. and Orton Park Rd., in Scarborough on April 28. He died in hospital two days later.
- Premachchandran Sundaralingam, 53, was injured in a home near Renforth Dr. and Rathburn Rd. April 28th. The police later decided that he had been injured in a mistake. He died in hospital the next day. Richard Turner, 48, in Toronto, was arrested on May 2 and has been accused of death, aggravated assault and threatening death.
- Blain Gerrado Grindley, 26, was killed in Rexdale near John Garland Blvd. and Humber College Blvd. May 1st. Michael Smith, 29, of Toronto, left the police on May 20. He is injured for first degree killings. Police are still looking for Dayne Sitladeen, 27, by Mississauga.
- Justin Kyle Ezeard, 23, is run at a commercial facility near Steeles Ave. W. and Islington Ave. May 3.
- Brendon Bowler, 17, sticks near Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I. near Guildwood Pkwy. and Livingston Rd. May 6th. Emmett Carew, 18, and Cheddi Itwaroo, 20, both Toronto, are injured for second-degree murders.
- Valland Spolarich, 43, was dead in the home at Shanly St. and Westmoreland Ave. May 21. Herculano Pimentel, 50, of Toronto faces a charge of second-degree murder.
- James Andrew Smith, 52, was stopped while standing at the door of 730 Yonge St. near Charles St. June 8th. Eric Bryant Ram, 24, without a fixed address, has been charged with other degree murders.
- Johnson Reyes, 61, at Parkwoods Village Dr. and Gisburn Rd., West of Victoria Park Ave. in North York on June 28.
- A 17-year-old boy is managed near a residential area on Danzig St. and Morningside Ave. in Scarborough late at night on June 28. An investigation of the murder is ongoing. The 17-year-old was identified as a Jayden Simpson by a family friend, but the police have not yet released their identity.
- One man was pronounced dead in hospital after an overnight stay at Orchid Nightclub on Sunday morning. A murder investigation is underway.
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Jacob Lorinc is a breaking news reporter who works with the Star Radio Room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @jacoblorinc