HYUN firstname.lastname@example.org_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-03-08 published
Killer linked to home
Connection cited to previous occupant
But police can't explain murder-suicide
By Betsy POWELL, Crime Reporter
A man who killed his friend in a North York driveway and then entered the house before taking his own life is connected to a previous occupant, police say.
But they have no explanation for why the man killed himself and his friend.
The victim has been identified as Ioan Corin BAICU, 32, a Toronto resident and father of two young children. Police believe he was shot and killed by Iani GUSITA, 24, of Mississauga, who minutes later shot himself after entering a home on Talwood Dr., near Lawrence Ave. E. and Leslie Street, around 8: 30 p.m. Saturday.
Both men were born in Romania but were now Canadian citizens.
Homicide Det. Randy CARTER, who is in charge of the case, described the pair as close Friends. "Right now I can find no reason why Iani GUSITA would have taken Mr. BAICU's life," he told a news conference.
While investigators can find no motive for the murder-suicide, CARTER said police have learned GUSITA was suffering from depression.
CARTER provided an overview of the investigation so far. Before 8: 30 p.m., BAICU steered his silver four-door Honda Civic into the driveway of the house belonging to Peter and Susan HYUN. The car had two children's car seats in the back. GUSITA was his passenger. "Iani GUSITA shot Ioan BAICU while still seated in this automobile in the driveway," CARTER said.
GUSITA then approached the front of the house, shot out the window beside the door and entered the beige bungalow through the broken window. He came face to face with a 58-year-old resident who had been watching television.
"He said nothing to this female and immediately took his own life by shooting himself in the head," CARTER said.
The woman called 911. Police arrived and found BAICU in the car and GUSITA in the front foyer, a large-calibre revolver beside him. Police are checking the history of the firearm and trying to retrace the men's steps.
CARTER said police have established a connection between GUSITA and a previous male occupant of the house. "However, this is still being investigated." He wouldn't comment further, citing "public safety."
The couple have lived in the house for about two decades and have two children who are away at university, a neighbour said on the weekend.
CARTER said both men were known to police, but he didn't give details.
BAICU is the city's 12th homicide victim of 2005.
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