A 34-year-old man killed during a daylight shooting in a quiet Toronto neighbourhood has been identified as former Vancouver gangster Sukh Deo.
According to reports from The Vancouver Sun, Deo was shot Tuesday afternoon while driving a white Range Rover near Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue shortly before 3 p.m.
Toronto Police, who have not yet publicly named Deo as the victim, say a man was shot at close range through the driver’s side window of the SUV and was pronounced dead at the scene.
At least 14 bullets pierced through the window of the SUV, registered to Deo.
Deo made headlines in May when he was escorted out of his court-side seat at a Toronto Raptors playoff game for heckling the referees.
Several members of the Deo family, including Sukh, were well-known to police in Metro Vancouver. His brother Harjit Singh Deo was convicted in 2007 for a 2005 kidnapping for ransom in which the victim was held inside the Deo family home in New Westminster.
His father, Parminder Singh Deo, is wanted in an Interpol warrant from India with charges including narcotic drug smuggling, forgery, thefts, and criminal conspiracy.
In Toronto, police and nearby residents were shocked by the shooting.
“I was outside and we heard this loud, ‘Bang! Bang! Bang!’” said Jessie Leamon, who works in the area. “That’s where everyone in the office walks through so it’s scary.”
Two male suspects considered armed and dangerous were allegedly seen fleeing the area in a black car, with one spotted wearing a green construction vest and the other an orange construction vest.
“We will find out who you are and you will be arrested,” 53 Division Unit Commander Supt. Reuben Stroble said of the suspects. “Get a lawyer, turn yourself in.”
Investigators are speaking to witnesses and looking at surveillance footage in the area in an attempt to identify the suspects.
Here is the video footage of the fan heckling the NBA officials:
(Vancouver Sun, Via Global News)